[Samba] File locks?

Jim Young jyoung at cpsc.ucalgary.ca
Thu Apr 10 16:12:54 GMT 2008


  Recently, the following problem started happening with a particular samba
If i have a file open for reading (say, a pdf in xpdf) and then try to write
to it (say, through recompiling a latex document) it complains that it
cannot open the file for writing.

this seems like a file lock issue but I am unsure where it is happening. My
previous usage should be perfectly safe since xpdf should only open for

This problem does not happen locally or when I connect to a different samba
server (a windows machine). I can also ssh into the remote server, port xpdf
, and my local process can write to the file. It is the samba connection
that is making the lock.

  I am running Debian Unstable, using smbclient/smbfs 3.0.28a-1 to connect
to a samba server (unix backend) on my university network. Server:

I mount the smb share in my fstab as follows:

//myserver/jyoung    /mnt/uni        smbfs

I spoke with my system administrator and he said it may also be possible to
get the server settings changed depending on what is required (and the



James Young, B.Sc.
Ph.D. Student
Interactions laboratory, Department of Computer Science, University of
2500 University Drive NW, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, T2N 1N4
Phone: +1.403.210.9502
E-mail: jim.young at ucalgary.ca
URL: http://pages.cpsc.ucalgary.ca/~jyoung/<http://pages.cpsc.ucalgary.ca/%7Ejyoung/>

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