[Samba] Samba + MS Access

Dan Weisenstein dan at tesoro.com
Tue Jun 15 18:42:50 GMT 2004

I have a single Linux server running SuSE 9.1 and Samba 3.04. I have one 
share that has several MS Access tables on it. One user can operate just 
fine, however when a second+ user tries to access the same database 
tables, one of several things happens depending on what I have in the 
smb.conf file. It's usually a permission denied, or a "can't lock" type 
of error.

When the first user opens a table, a file called xxx.ldb gets created, 
where xxx is the name of the table. The lock file is owned by the user 
and has permissions of 644. When a second user tries to open the same 
table, the error occurs. In my smb.conf file, I have tried almost every 
option I can find that would apply to file locking, including turning on 
and off kernel oplocks, level2 oplocks, oplocks, and setting veto oplock 
files to /.ldb/.mdb/ and all possible permutations of all of them. 
Nothing really changes with any of them. If I force the lock file to 
666, Access hangs.

When this was a WinXP server, all of this worked just fine. There is 
something about the .ldb file that must be accessable by n+1 users. 
Anybody have an Access DB setup on a Samba share? How did you do it?

Below is my smb.conf file (in it's present state):
   workgroup = TESORO
   printing = cups
   printcap name = cups
   printcap cache time = 750
   cups options = raw
   printer admin = @ntadmin, root, administrator
   username map = /etc/samba/smbusers
   map to guest = Bad User
   logon path = \\%L\profiles\.msprofile
   logon drive = P:
   logon home = \\%L\%U\.9xprofile
   security = user
   encrypt passwords = yes
   server string = Samba Server
   add machine script =
   domain master = false
   domain logons = no
   local master = no
   preferred master = auto
   load printers = no
   ldap suffix = dc=example,dc=com
   available = yes
   browseable = yes
   comment =
   create mask = 0666
   force directory mode = 0777
   guest ok = no
   path = /shared/Access/
   printable = no
   veto oplock files = /*.mdb/*.xls/*.ldb
   oplocks = no
   level2 oplocks = no
   kernel oplocks = no
   read only = no
   available = yes
   browseable = yes
   comment =
   create mask = 0644
   guest ok = no
   path = /shared
   printable = no
   read only = no

Thanks - Dan

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