[Samba] OSX and Office documents

Matthew Daubenspeck matt at oddprocess.org
Mon Aug 29 12:52:53 MDT 2011

I am using Samba Version 3.6.0 from the Arch Linux samba 3.6.0-8 and
started to have problems with Max OSX Lion clients. I only have a few,
and the OSX clients are the only ones not working. I have a very simple
samba setup using security = user and a single [home] (not the [homes])
share. Here is the config:

        nt acl support = no
        path = /home/samba/home
        writable = yes
        guest ok = no
        browsable = yes
        create mask = 770
        force create mode = 770
        force security mode = 770
        force directory mode = 770
        directory mask = 770
        valid users = @home
        hide dot files = yes
        hide unreadable = yes

Windows and Linux (cifs) clients all work fine. OSX clients cannot seem
to open any Word or Excel files. When I try to open a file, I get the
following error:

"Word cannot open this document. The document might be in use, the
document might not be a valid Word document, or the file name might
contain invalid characters (for example \,/). (test.doc)"

The samba setup must be fine, since other files (PDF, JPG, PNG, etc) all
work fine, it's just Word and Excel. Any ideas what I have screwed up?
The Mac clients are using Word/Excel 2011.

  Matthew Daubenspeck

Gentoo Linux i686 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU 5130 @ 2.00GHz
14:43:39 up 53 days, 1:58, 3 users, load average: 0.00, 0.05, 0.09

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