[Samba] Re: Problems with Excel & MS Word files (EVEN - still ANY ideas?)

Jonathan Johnson jon at sutinen.com
Thu Apr 14 06:48:42 GMT 2005

Jeremy Allison wrote:

>On Tue, Apr 12, 2005 at 11:58:40AM -0400, Nathan Vidican wrote:
>>Since applying the two patches you emailed me (one for cpu load, one for MS
>>Excel issues):
>>All is working fine now except MS Word; don't know if it's entirely related
>>or a separate issue all together, but figured I'd post the details and see
>>if you can think of anything; here's the behaior:
>>Word (apparently) creates a "~384somerandomnamefile.tmp" when a user saves,
>>the actual file they opened goes to 0 bytes, their smbd process goes to 100%
>>CPU load, MS Word locks up. We forcefully kill their smbd process, rename
>>the ~whatever.tmp file to their original whatever.doc file, restart their PC
>>(else word acts up stupid), and we're good to go... Until the next time it
>>Apparently random files, and varyinf users/network segments as before.
>>Excel, powerpoint, etc not locking up nor causing similar issues at all
>>anyore - just MS Word. I think it might have something to do with the
>>autosave feature, or some sort of option in word making it create/deal with
>>the tmp files but I really don't understand or know the bahavior well enough
>>to fix it entirely on my own. Help?
>Can you get me a debug level 10 log on this ? I'm currently working on ACL
>behaviour with MS-Office.
You might want to take a look at these two Microsoft Knowledge Base 

"Long delay in the display of file names from the "Open" dialog box in 
Office XP"

"The File Open dialog box does not automatically select the first 
available document in an Office 2003 program"

I don't know exactly what your problem is, but the above articles may 
keep you from chasing the wrong horse. :-)

~Jonathan Johnson
Sutinen Consulting, Inc.
jon at sutinen.com

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