[Samba] Folder disappears on rename

Brian Martin samba-ml1 at martinconsulting.com
Fri Oct 4 11:54:00 MDT 2013

On 10/03/2013 01:02 PM, Jeremy Allison wrote:
> On Thu, Oct 03, 2013 at 11:57:21AM -0700, Brian Martin wrote:
>> I have Samba 4.0.9 installed under Ubuntu 12.04.  It's configured as
>> a domain member, with a Windows 2008R2 server being the DC.  All
>> workstations are running Windows 7.  One of my users is reporting
>> problems in the following scenario:
>> 1) She creates a folder in one of the Samba shares, and places a
>> number of documents there.
>> 2) She closes all open documents and closes Windows Explorer
>> 3) Another user on another workstation subsequently renames the
>> folder as part of the work flow process to indicate it has been
>> reviewed.
>> 4) The original user then navigates to where the renamed folder
>> should be and cannot find it, either under the original name or the
>> new name.  Refreshing doesn't help.
>> 5) After a period of time, typically 3-5 minutes but in one case
>> around 30 minutes, the folder reappears under the new name.
>> The window of time between steps 2 and 4 is typically fairly small,
>> as in an hour or less.  The problem is intermittent.  In the
>> 30-minute case I was able to get on to my own Win7 workstation and
>> look at the network share, and I saw the folder under the new name.
>> I then checked with the user and she reported she still couldn't see
>> it after a refresh, though it appeared shortly (minutes) thereafter.
>> As diagnostic steps, I've asked the user to try a) logging off; b)
>> rebooting; but we don't have results of those tests yet.
>> I considered that this might be related to bug 10174
>> <https://bugzilla.samba.org/show_bug.cgi?id=10174>, but the original
>> user is making sure she doesn't have any files or folders open
>> before the rename occurs.
> No, that isn't a related issue. 10174 is a correctness
> issue that I'm not sure affects any real application
> (although of course you never know with Windows apps. :-).
>> 1) Is this a known issue?
>> 2) Is anyone else experiencing this?
>> 3) Does anyone have any fixes or workarounds?
> It's not known to the developers. It looks like a
> failure of change notify, but you'd have to drill
> down much deeper with wireshark traces to look
> into it.
> Jeremy.

I have received a suggestion to check whether this might be related to a 
mis-configured off-line synchronization (mobsync.exe) on the 
workstation, which I will check the next time I have access to the 
machine. Assuming I don't find anything there, should I open a 
(unconfirmed) bug on this so that if others experience it they can 
confirm it?


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