Bug 3427 - Linked Excel sheets links are broken when saved back to server
Linked Excel sheets links are broken when saved back to server
Product: Samba 3.0
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Client Tools
Other Linux
: P3 normal
: none
Assigned To: Gerald (Jerry) Carter
Samba QA Contact
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Reported: 2006-01-19 10:01 UTC by Fred Schremp
Modified: 2006-07-05 13:19 UTC (History)
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Description Fred Schremp 2006-01-19 10:01:37 UTC
I have been in contact with "Red Hat Workflow", and they advised me to contact you.  What I have are Microsoft Excel sheets stored on a Linux release 2.6.9-5.ELsmp, and I am accessing them with Windows XP computers through Samba. Some of the sheets are owned by one user and linked to others directories with a ln -s command.  The problem is that when Excel writes the updated sheet back to the Linux server, it removes the origional and writes a new copy, breaking the link back to the origional owner.
Comment 1 Gerald (Jerry) Carter 2006-01-19 10:20:42 UTC
I don't think that there is anything that can be done here outside 
of a custom VFS module.  Excel creates a new file, removes the original, 
and then renames the new file.  A custom VFS module could implement
the NTFS equivalent of tunnelling in that it remembers that a file
was originally a symlink (for say 10 seconds) and then any creation 
of a file with the same name just restores the symlink.  

What you are seeing is not a bug per say.
Comment 2 Gerald (Jerry) Carter 2006-07-05 13:19:15 UTC