[Samba] CIFS locking

Kristian Lauritsen lauritsen at pq.fta-berlin.de
Thu Jan 4 11:19:25 GMT 2007

I have the same problem as described below for a while.

samba 3.0.23c-2 under Fedora 6

clients Win XP and Fedora 6
app. OpenOffice 2.1 / 2.0.4

will there be any progress ?


Kristian Lauritsen
Laser Product Manager

PicoQuant GmbH
phone: +49 30 6392 6563

On Mon, Oct 31, 2005 at 09:41:04AM +0000, Phill Gillespie wrote:
 > Hi...
 > I've been running samba 3.0 for quite some time now (Debian's stable
 > version, currently 3.0.14) and I've had no problems.  That's probably
 > been because all my clients were Windows XP boxes.  I've now moved
 > several users to Linux (Ubuntu Breezy) as their desktop and I've noticed
 > there seems to be a problem in accessing files across the platforms.
 > If a Linux box opens a file and then another Linux box tries to open the
 > same file it gets a read-only copy.  The same thing happens if an XP box
 > opens the file and then another XP box tries to open it.  If a Linux box
 > opens a file and then an XP box tries to open it nothing at all happens
 > and if the XP box has the file open and a Linux box tries to open it I
 > get a "general input/output error while accessing X" message from
 > OpenOffice.org.
 > I though it might be something to do with the oplocks so I tested all
 > possible combinations and the results stayed exactly as above.  The only
 > thing that changed was the line from smbstatus:
 > No oplocks, XP opening file:
 > 9868   DENY_WRITE 0x2019f     RDWR       NONE
 > No oplocks, Linux opening file:
 > 9871   DENY_NONE  0x12019f    RDWR       NONE
 > Level 1 only, XP opening file:
 > 9966   DENY_WRITE 0x2019f     RDWR       EXCLUSIVE+BATCH
 > Level 1 only, Linux opening file:
 > 9968   DENY_NONE  0x12019f    RDWR       EXCLUSIVE
 > Level 1 and 2 oplocks, XP opening file:
 > 10028  DENY_WRITE 0x2019f     RDWR       LEVEL_II
 > Level 1 and 2 oplocks, Linux opening file:
 > 10026  DENY_NONE  0x12019f    RDWR       EXCLUSIVE    (changes to NONE
 > when a second linux box opens the file and gets Read-Only)
 > These problems only seemed to start when I added the Linux boxes to my
 > network as they use CIFS rather than SMBFS (the fstab line is simply
 > \\Greyskull\Intranet /home/phill/Snipef/Intranet cifs
 > username=phill,passwd=phill 0  0)
 > Can somebody please help me change this so I can open a file on one
 > platform and then be able to open it read-only on the other one.

We need to know how OpenOffice on Linux does the exclusion of "another
user has this file open" and how this interacts with a Windows user.

Windows apps usually use "share modes" to provide exclusive access,
POSIX doesn't have this so it uses byte range locks to do the same thing.

Until we know how OO on Linux does this it's hard to speculate
as to exactly what is wrong. This is important enough to Novell
(who pay my wages :-) that I'll look into this - it's something
we just solved for simultaneous access from NetWare and CIFS from
Windows clients.


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