[Samba] A new user with a strange problem

james LeSage lesage.james at gmail.com
Mon May 14 16:58:07 GMT 2007

I am new user of samba and I'm running in a non standard environment. I
would presume that this is a pilot error.

I'm running Red Hat Fedora 4 Linux on Microsoft's Virtual PC on my laptop
running Windows XP. I have a samba share (/tmp) on the vPC on Linux that is
visible/mountable on laptop.

The problem is:
using 'cp' and/or 'mv' on files in the samba share are not viewable from in
an XP explorer window (even after several minutes, refreshing, rebooting,
'touch'-ing the file on Linux, restarting smbd on linux, setting permissions
equivalent to visible files etc).  If I cp or mv a dir-tree on the samba
share on Linux, the directories in the directory tree are immediately
visible on Windows, the files in the directories are not visible.

I can edit (vim) a Windows visible file in the samba share on Linux and the
change is viewable on Windows and the reverse is also true.

I can also 'rm' a Windows visible file in the samba share on Linux and the
file is deleted from the Windows view.

I looked at the smbd and nmbd logs and I don't see any errors. My
smb.confis very simple and testparm doesn't report any errors. I've
included my
smb.conf below.  The share in question is [tmp].

I went through the Samba recommended debugging path and while things aren't
perfect I don't think the imperfections are causing the problem as I do
appear to have bidirectional communication. If anyone has any ideas or input
as next steps or things to check I would appreciate it.


# Global parameters
;       server string = RH4VPC
        server string = Samba-Server
        log file = /var/log/samba/%m.log
        max log size = 50
        hide unreadable = no
        socket options = TCP_NODELAY SO_RCVBUF=8192 SO_SNDBUF=8192
        printcap name = /etc/printcap
        dns proxy = No
        idmap uid = 16777216-33554431
        idmap gid = 16777216-33554431
        strict sync = Yes
        cups options = raw

        comment = Home Directories
        read only = No
        browseable = No

        comment = All Printers
        path = /var/spool/samba
        printable = Yes
        browseable = No

        comment = Temporary file space
        path = /tmp
        admin users = jlesage, root
        read only = No
        guest ok = Yes

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