[Samba] Date Changed on Read Access

John H Terpstra jht at samba.org
Fri Sep 12 13:43:44 GMT 2003

On Fri, 12 Sep 2003, Stefan Maly wrote:

> Hi everyone,
> I recently stumbled across something odd. When opening MS-PowerPoint
> files (.ppt)
> on our samba servers it seems that with certain versions of MS-Office
> the file date is
> being changed while just viewing the slides. There is no change involved
> and
> MS-PowerPoint is closed immediately after viewing without saving or
> anything.
> We run Samba on S.u.S.E LINUX.
> We use both XFS and ReiserFS.
> The effect holds true for both the versions 2.2.3a and 2.2.0a of smbd.

Please update to samba-2.2.8a. There are many bug fixes since 2.2.3a even.

- John T.

> It should be noted that on the share concerned we work with both the
> force user and
> the force group option.
> The change of the file date does happen if it is being accessed by
> MS-Office 2000
> and does not happen if it is Office XP.
> The change of the file date does not happen on filetypes .XLS .DOC .TXT
> .ZIP etc.
> + Have any of you encountered the same?
> + Is there a workaround/solution (except not to use the product causing
> trouble of course ...)?
> + How does Samba handle the four different dates (created, last access,
> last write, change)
>    in a read operation (just update last access, right?)?
> T.I.A.
> Stefan
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John H Terpstra
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