When I open a Microsoft Office file from one of my Samba shares and then I disconnect and reconnect from the network I have to save my files as a copy because the file was somehow changed to read-only. I need to be able to save files/overwrite them even after leaving and reconnecting to the network.

ClearOS 5.2
Samba version 3.5.14-1.1.v5
Windows 7 64-bit & Windows XP Clients

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    After editing/saving a file, are the file permissions themselves changed? (i.e rwxrwxrwx to r-xr-xr-x)? Or are the files locked/"not available for editing"?
    – Univ426
    Jul 30, 2012 at 18:08
  • I will check for that when I get back from vacation on the 13th. Aug 3, 2012 at 14:15
  • The file permissions aren't being changed after editing/saving. However I did notice that the Office 2007 lock file is still around even after closing the program and saving the document. Here's what "ls -l" returned for it: Aug 6, 2012 at 14:54
  • The permissions aren't being changed after editing/saving. However, I did notice that the Office 2007 lock file (file beginning with '~$') is still on my samba share even after saving and closing. Does this have anything to do with my issue and how do I fix it? Thank you! Aug 6, 2012 at 14:55

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I am not sure if its the default option but you could check to see if oplocking is enabled.

More information can be found here

  • Oplocking and all other locks have been disabled in the smb.conf and share definitions. Aug 3, 2012 at 14:16
  • It seems that this is an issue exclusive to MS Office. :P Mar 2, 2013 at 21:13

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