[Clug-tech] Good Article on Samba Oplocks
me at jonwatson.ca
Fri Apr 20 14:10:22 PDT 2007
We've been having intermittent problems with Simply Accounting and
multiple users when the database resides on a Samba share for a while
now. It seems that we've finally solved them and since it seems to be
such a common problem I thought that I would post our (hopeful) solution
The problem surrounds a/my misunderstanding of oplocks. By name alone,
oplocks sound to me like file locks and therefore sound like a desirable
thing to have in a shared file environment. But oplocks really stands
for 'oportunistic locking" and isn't really a lock at it. Oplocks are
almost directly equivalent to 'client caching'.
Knowing that, it seems obvious that oplocks are not desirable in some
situations and paramount amongst those are situations involving shared
databases and PST files.
"oplocks should always be disabled if you are sharing a database file
(e.g., Microsoft Access) between multiple clients, because any break the
first client receives will affect synchronization of the entire file
(not just the single record), which will result in a noticeable
performance impairment and, more likely, problems accessing the database
in the first place. Notably, Microsoft Outlook's personal folders
(*.pst) react quite badly to oplocks." (link below).
By default, oplocks are turned on in recent versions of Samba, so in
situations where they are not desirable they have to be specifically
shut off by share or globally in the smb.conf file.
The main symptom we have seen over the months are 'network disconnect'
errors when closing Simply Accounting or attempting to write to the
So far, turning off oplocks on the share(s) that contain the Simply
databases seems to be working.
As usual there is more to it than this. Those looking for more info can
read the Samba oplocks control section of this doc which is where I got
most of my information:
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