[Samba] Problems saving Excel sheets using Office 97 on a Sambashare

Nathan Vidican nvidican at wmptl.com
Thu Mar 3 21:49:30 GMT 2005

Try something like the following:

  path = /some/where/files/are
  valid users = @groupname
  write list = @groupname
  create mask = 0660
  directory mask = 0770
  force group = groupname

<end of snippet>

We utilize similar configurations; by forcing the group, it will be
irrelevent as to which logon group a particular user belongs to, and still
it will create/save files with the permissions as expressed (group
read/write/[execute for dir]). Thereby allowing all members of 'groupname'
to access any file put in the share by any other user in the same group.

Nathan Vidican
nvidican at wmptl.com
Windsor Match Plate & Tool Ltd.

-----Original Message-----
From: samba-bounces+nvidican=wmptl.com at lists.samba.org
[mailto:samba-bounces+nvidican=wmptl.com at lists.samba.org] On Behalf Of
Brandon Laing
Sent: Thursday, March 03, 2005 3:48 PM
To: samba at lists.samba.org
Subject: [Samba] Problems saving Excel sheets using Office 97 on a

Hey all,

We're having some trouble saving Excel documents on our Samba Fileserver. We
are moving people over to our Samba box, and have moved most of our
documents over.
Now, we have people opening their Excel documents, but are unable to save
them. When something is saved, we see this message:

Your changes could not be saved to 'document.xls', but were saved to a
temporary document named '349rgjh928'. Close the existing document, then
open the temporary
document and save it under a new name.

Now, these users have full access to the folder in which they're trying to
save these sheets. New documents can be created an deleted without any
problem, so it doesn't
appear to be a permissions problem. However, if I manually set the document
owner to the user trying to save the document, it seems to save without a
problem. Of course,
this isn't a viable option, as we have multiple people accessing these
documents all the time, and as a group, they have full access to these

So, I'm wondering what I can do on this system to resolve this issue. I know
we're using an old version of Excel, but it still works for what we need.
Our version of Samba is
3.0.10-1.fc2, and we are running on a Fedora Core 2 system. The clients
connecting are using Windows XP Home, and have Excel 97 SR-2.

Any ideas on what I can do to clear this up? I can post config files if
needed, but as of right now, it's almost the default with just the share
volume set up.


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