[Samba] File time / date issues with Samba 2.08

David Schwarz dave at deakin.edu.au
Tue Mar 30 04:33:58 GMT 2004


we have been tracking down a problem with slow saving of profiles on logout.


A number of Linux front end servers running Samba 2.08, nfs mounting 
from a Solaris 9 server.
WinXP/2k users use shares from the linux boxes which nfs mount the share 
from the sun box.


On logout the time taken to logout is extremely long.


On closer examination, we have noticed that the files on the server are 
not always having the correct
date/time set on them, when they are stored on the server, it breaks 
down as ~80% have the correct date
and time, ~10% have a date/time that is 1 second newer than that on the 
workstation, and ~10%
have a date/time that is 1 second older.

For the files that have a date that is 1 second older, they get copied 
up on each logout, and the date
is once again set to the incorrect time. On logon, then never copy down, 
as the workstation assumes the
workstation version is newer, and hence the corret one.

For the files that have a data that is 1 second newer, they dont get 
copied up on logout, and then they
do get copied down on the next logon, at which point they are in sync, 
and never copy again (until changed).

There doesn't seem to be any relationship between this issue and the 2 
second resolution issue that
windows 9x has, as the files have both old and even values in the 
seconds component (and my understanding
is that they would always be even or odd if this was causing the issue)


has anybody seen this issue before, and is there any obvious issues I 
should investigate to resolve this issue.



David Schwarz, Desktop - Workgroup Section Leader,
Information Technology Services Division
Deakin University Geelong Victoria 3217 Australia.
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