[Samba] Two MS Access questions (compact database & Access XP)

Sam Hart hart at physics.arizona.edu
Wed Jan 22 16:17:01 GMT 2003

We're in the process of replacing an ailing NT box with a Linux one 
running Samba (Red Hat 7.3 w/ kernel 2.4.18-18.7.xsmp [from Red Hat] and 
samba version 2.2.7, with a variety of Win2k boxes connecting to it) and I 
have a couple of quick MS Access questions (in the hopes someone out there 
has had any experience with these things):

1) We have one rather large (700MB+) Access database on the Samba server 
which is only in use by one user (no filelocking issues). This user 
regularily uses the 'Compact Database' option from within MS Access on the 
client computer (Tools->Database Utilities->Compact Database). Since we 
have switched to Samba, everytime the user chooses this option, it crashes 
her machine (completely, as in the system suddenly reboots). I have been 
able to duplicate this on my test machine as well. Has anyone else ever 
seen this before? If so, anyone know how to fix it?

2) One of our offices (which has a rather extensive Access database used 
by multiple people at the same time) will be needing to upgrade to Office 
XP in Feb. or Mar. Does anyone know off-hand of any troubles running Samba 
with Office XP (specifically Access XP) from Win2k boxes?

BTW, for those interested, here is appropriate sections from smb.conf for 
the share in the first question:

        path = /export/acsup
        read only = No
        browseable = No
        oplocks = No
        level2oplocks = No
        writable = yes
        browsable = yes
        only user = no

and everything else seems to work fine.

Sam Hart
University/Work addr. <hart at physics.arizona.edu>
Personal addr. <criswell at geekcomix.com>

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