I'm using Samba 2:3.5.4 in Ubuntu 10.10 Server, and an EXT4 filesystem.
I have setup a folder "dev" locally on my pc, and using "cp -alf" hard linked that folder, to folder "test". So upon looking in the "test" folder it has exactly the same contents as the "dev" folder.
"test" is currently shared using Samba on the network.
If I change a file in "test" on the local file system. The change is reflected in the "dev" folder (as the folders are linked). This is as expected.
When a file in "test" is modified via a Samba share, the hard link is broken. Ie, the change will only apply to "test" and not to "dev".
Modifying files via Samba, and it breaking the hard links is actually what we want. What I've been asked (and I can't find any white papers on it), is this:
- a bug
- or as designed
The danger is, that if it is a bug, and we start using the above solution, when the bug gets fixed our setup will no longer work!
Anyone got any ideas,