[Samba] Re: Problem with opening Excel spreadsheets that client cannot write to

Dragan Krnic dkrnic at lycos.com
Sat Jul 12 21:09:35 GMT 2003

| We have some Excel spreadsheets stored on our Samba 
| 2.2.8 fileserver. The permissions are set such that 
| some users can write to these and some cannot, but 
| they can all read them (the world-readable bit is 
| set).
| When a user with read/write access tries to open the 
| spreadsheet, there is no problem... When a user with 
| only read permission tries to open the spreadsheet, 
| however, Excel fails to open it, saying that it 
| cannot find the file. Auditing the actions taken on 
| the Samba server shows that Excel actually opens the 
| file several times in read-only mode, then tries to 
| open it in read-write mode (which fails, as the user 
| does not have the appropriate permissions).

Sounds like bug #51

In short: if the Excel file is in a path containing
extended ASCII (european umlauts, tremas and similar)
and the user has no write privilege on it, the error
File not found is issued.

Which distro and which samba version you are using?

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