[Samba] Excel File Open Issue - Possibly Samba Related

Chad Vincent chad at rhiannonweb.com
Wed Mar 9 14:38:46 GMT 2005

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Okay....  Problem did not go away.  I un-shared (multi-user) the file to
clear out the changelog, and the problem did go away.  At this point I'm
going to assume a malformed entry in the changelog or a changelog that
was just too darn big.  (Before, size was 25MB, after removing sharing
it was 2.5MB and opened in 1/8th the time.)

HOWEVER, upon upgrading to 3.0.11 as suggested, now ALL shared
(multi-user) Excel files are, at apparent random, displaying a message
"This file has been locked.  To save changes you must save under a
different file name and merge....(blah, blah)"  We never had this
problem under 3.0.7.  I have "log level=1" and nothing is showing up in
the logs.

(Just for example, user A opens purchasing.xls fine, but B gets the
error.  B can open schedule.xls fine, but A gets the error.  C can open
both.  Have not seen this behavior on non-shared files.)

These files HAVE to be shared, and I have even tried with veto
oplocks=/*.xls/ with no apparent change.

Jeremy Allison wrote:
> On Tue, Feb 22, 2005 at 02:45:43PM -0500, Chad Vincent wrote:
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>>Having a workstation with an odd glitch, and I'm hoping someone can
>>help.  We have a 35MB shared Excel file with our purchasing history in
>>it.  (I know, I've been trying to talk them into a database of some
>>sort, but they'll have none of that...)
>>One workstation in the entire plant is having issues opening it.  The
>>file will load, it will change status to [Shared] in the titlebar, then
>>Bad Workstation:
>>Windows 2000
>>Athlon 1600+
>>256MB DDR 333
>>Soyo Dragon KT333 Ultra Black
>>Realtek 8139 on-board (Also tried PCI 8139)
>>Debian Stable
>>2x Opteron 240
>>Broadcom "tg3" 1000Mb NIC
>>Samba 3.0.7-1 as a PDC
> You need to upgrade. There have been several fixes in this area to
> do with the rather strange way Excel uses SMB. None of them should
> cause the client to disconnect, although a deferred open problem could
> conceivably do this. It's just that many people are reporting much
> better results with Excel and 3.0.11.
> Jeremy.

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