[Samba] XP SP3 and posix locking
dkastens at uos.de
Fri Jun 6 11:42:50 GMT 2008
the home directories of our users are NFS-mounted from a NetApp filer to
our samba server. Everthing was fine until the users installed the
service pack 3 for Windows XP on the client machines. Suddenly it was
impossible to write MS Office files on the samba share. Word or Excel
documents could only be opened in read-only mode. After de-installing
SP3 everything worked well again.
I found out that setting the samba option "posix locking = No" resolves
the problem. The manual page of smb.conf says: "You should never need to
disable this parameter." So I think this is only a temporary solution.
Microsoft must have changed something regarding the locking mechanism
inside the service pack.
Our samba environment:
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server release 5.2 (Tikanga)
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