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Running a pretty stock Debian 3.0 system and samba 2.2.3-a6. For some reason when i have a share open in the Windows explorer, the left tre pane doesnt update if i move files/directories on the samba server. The directories are still visible in the left pane, and shows as empty if i open them. How can i make things fall back into sync?
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by:lewisg
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Have you tried pressing F5 on the windows machine? What version of Windows?
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by:j2
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Yes. F5, close the pane, disconnect and reconnect the share, closed explorer and reopened it. W2k Pro and W98SE
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by:lewisg
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Are you "move(ing) files/directories on the samba server" using explorer on one of the Windows machines?

If you are moving them using a logon with different rights on the server machine I can see where you might not be able to see them when they are moved.
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by:j2
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No. Moving with explorer works. But directly manipulating files on the unix server causes this. But it does not happen when using resources of our RedHat Samba Servers, and i cant find any real diff between the confgis.
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by:jlevie
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I've seen the same thing with a copy of Samba running on FreeBSD 4.4. Since I had built Samba from sources, it was easy enough to build Samba from the same sources for Solaris 2.7 and RedHat 7.1. Using the same config file I didn't have the problem with Solaris or with RedHat. So I figured it had to be something in the way Samba and the host OS got along.

I don't know if your problem is from the same cause and you'd  really want to use a copy built from source on Debian and RedHat to figure out if is directly related to the OS.
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by:ahoffmann
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did you check following setting in smb.conf:

  change notify timeout
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by:j2
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change notify was set to default (60 seconds). Reducing it makes no difference.

And also, as i said. The _right_ pane in windows explorer works correctly. But the left doesnt.
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by:ahoffmann
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Does following produce the correct listing?

   smbclient \\\\SERVER\\j2 -U j2 -W FUNNT -c dir

if so, the problem needs to be tracked down in the Explorer, not Samba.
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by:j2
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That produces the correct listing. Well, if it is an explorer problem, why doesnt it behave the same with a RedHat samba server?
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by:ahoffmann
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strange, indeed ...
Do you have the same smb.conf for RH-Samba and other-Samba?
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by:j2
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Yeap. same config. But i just realised that the Debian box is using XFS and the Redhat uses ext2. Ill set up a shre on the deb box on one of its ext3 (as close as ill get) and see.. But i dont think that should matter?
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by:Nick
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As an aside, and totally irrelevant comment here, if you have a SMB share open in Windows Explorer on Win2000, right mouse click a file you only have read access to, got to the 'security tab' and change the properties to full access...  Windows Explorer crashes bigtime.

Nick :)
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