[Samba] locks on read-only files from windows share?

Kyle Davenport Kyle_Davenport at compusa.com
Wed Jun 30 21:25:19 GMT 2004

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We are reasonably sure that until recently we could do a "tail -f" on a
file on a share from windows mounted on linux 2.4x (samba 2.2+), and
processes on windows had no problem writing to that file while we saw the
output scroll in the tail.

We suspect some Windows OS patch recently changed this behavior, so that
now any windows process fails to write to that file, with a sharing
violation error.  This happens on XP, 2K, & 2K3 using samba 2.2 or samba
3.0.2.   The freeware utility tail for windows does NOT have this problem
when it is doing "tail -f" across a share.

I have already tried the CIFS back-port for 2.4.  In this case, there is no
sharing violation, but also "tail -f" no longer works - and does not update
the file as it is written to on windows.  Pretty much defeats the purpose!


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