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Excell files corrupted

We have OES SP1 (linux)running. Some users are reporting that if they open
their Excel files then SAVE, the next time they access the file it if corrupt.
Is this an NSS thing?
Cliff
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On Thu, 29 Dec 2005 19:36:32 +0000, cstoll wrote:

> We have OES SP1 (linux)running. Some users are reporting that if they open
> their Excel files then SAVE, the next time they access the file it if
> corrupt. Is this an NSS thing?
> Cliff


I wonder if it's the same problem as the thread NSS on OES/Linux Weirdness

When I created the NSS Volume with iManager I selected long namespace.
When iManager made the entries into /etc/fstab to create the volume in
Linux it entered "ns=Long" for the namespace. It turns out that Linux is
expecting "ns=long" and it doesn't know what to do with the mixed case
version. I changed the line in fstab to "ns=long" and rebooted and have
not had a single problem since


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Mark Robinson <mark.robinson@no.spam.please.nds8.co.uk> wrote:
> On Thu, 29 Dec 2005 19:36:32 +0000, cstoll wrote:
>> We have OES SP1 (linux)running. Some users are reporting that if they
>> open their Excel files then SAVE, the next time they access the file it
>> if corrupt. Is this an NSS thing?


> I wonder if it's the same problem as the thread NSS on OES/Linux Weirdness


AFAIK both Excel and Powerpoint's file formats use in-file locking (byte
range locking) rather that external lockfiles, perhaps that's problematic
with NSS.

A query
http://www.google.nl/search?q=site%3Asamba.org+excel
yields quite a few results, but I'm not aware of a nice overview of the
issue.

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Add this to the /etc/opt/novell/ncpserv.conf and restart ndsd
SENDFILE_SUPPORT 0

-Magnus
On Thu, 29 Dec 2005 19:36:32 +0000, cstoll wrote:

> We have OES SP1 (linux)running. Some users are reporting that if they open
> their Excel files then SAVE, the next time they access the file it if corrupt.
> Is this an NSS thing?
> Cliff


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Magnus Hoglund <magnus@myrealbox.com> wrote:
> Add this to the /etc/opt/novell/ncpserv.conf and restart ndsd
> SENDFILE_SUPPORT 0


For those who, like me, where wondering were this advice comes from:
TID 10099180, "Cannot open excel documents located on Linux based NSS
Volume",
http://www.novell.com/inc/pf/pf.jsp?url=http%3A//support.novell.com/techcenter/search/search.do%3Fcmd%3DdisplayKC%26docType%3Dkc%26externalId%3D10099180html
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Excell files corrupted

I have OES without SP! and occurs the same problem with excel files.
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My corrupted excel files are in NSS volume and there isn't a VOLUME
entry for this volume at /etc/opt/novell/ncpserv.conf. There is only
the "VOLUME sys /usr/novell/sys" entry in ncpserv.conf file. My excel
files aren't in sys volume. Can I add SENDFILE_SUPPORT 0 despite this ?


> Magnus Hoglund <magnus@myrealbox.com> wrote:
> > Add this to the /etc/opt/novell/ncpserv.conf and restart ndsd
> > SENDFILE_SUPPORT 0

>
> For those who, like me, where wondering were this advice comes from:
> TID 10099180, "Cannot open excel documents located on Linux based NSS
> Volume",
> http://www.novell.com/inc/pf/pf.jsp?url=http%

3A//support.novell.com/techcenter/search/search.do%3Fcmd%3DdisplayKC%
26docType%3Dkc%26externalId%3D10099180html
> --
> Ray Dassen
> Technical Support Engineer, EMEA Services Center, Novell Technical

Services
> Novell, Inc. Software for the Open Enterprise

http://www.novell.com/open

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Excell files corrupted

> We have OES SP1 (linux)running. Some users are reporting that if they open
> their Excel files then SAVE, the next time they access the file it if

corrupt.
> Is this an NSS thing?
> Cliff


I tried editing the /etc/fstab file... so far it seems to be working.
Thanks for the help all!

cliff
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fabiomatos@baneses.com.br wrote:

> My corrupted excel files are in NSS volume and there isn't a VOLUME
> entry for this volume at /etc/opt/novell/ncpserv.conf. There is only
> the "VOLUME sys /usr/novell/sys" entry in ncpserv.conf file. My excel
> files aren't in sys volume. Can I add SENDFILE_SUPPORT 0 despite this ?


Yep, the volume entries in there are for NCP on top of non-NSS vile systems

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fabiomatos@baneses.com.br wrote:

> I have OES without SP! and occurs the same problem with excel files.


You really should think about upgrading to SP1 - mind you SP2 is just around
the corner....

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Mark Robinson wrote:

> fabiomatos@baneses.com.br wrote:
>
>> My corrupted excel files are in NSS volume and there isn't a VOLUME
>> entry for this volume at /etc/opt/novell/ncpserv.conf. There is only
>> the "VOLUME sys /usr/novell/sys" entry in ncpserv.conf file. My excel
>> files aren't in sys volume. Can I add SENDFILE_SUPPORT 0 despite this ?

>
> Yep, the volume entries in there are for NCP on top of non-NSS vile
> systems
>


Sorry, just read your other post Fabio. SENDFILE is only available in SP1 -
you _really_ should look at upgrading...
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Excell files corrupted

We've been on NLSBS9 for the last 4 months (having moved from native
Netware 6) but made a second migration to OES this week since we missed
the reliability and ease-of-use of NSS volumes.

I was therefore disappointed to find that our spreadsheets (edited with
both MS Excel 2003 and OpenOffice Calc clients) were showing corruption
within 24 hours of going live. So we also are suffering from this bug -
and we have never seen this problem before.

There is mention in this thread about upgrading service packs. However, we
are running Groupwise and apparently there is an MTA hang problem
introduced in one of the OES/SLES9 service packs - so I don't want to
upgrade 'en masse' until that is sorted out.

Will just the case-sensitivity change in /etc/fstab definitely fix the
problem ?

Thanks.

> We have OES SP1 (linux)running. Some users are reporting that if they

open
> their Excel files then SAVE, the next time they access the file it if

corrupt.
> Is this an NSS thing?
> Cliff


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cstoll@gmail.com <cstoll@gmail.com> wrote:
> We have OES SP1 (linux)running. Some users are reporting that if they open
> their Excel files then SAVE, the next time they access the file it if
> corrupt. Is this an NSS thing?


There is a TID that touches upon issues with Excel files on NSS on OES/Linux:
TID 10099180, "Cannot open excel documents located on Linux based NSS Volume",
http://support.novell.com/techcenter/search/search.do?cmd=displayKC&docType=kc&externalId=10099180html&sliceId=&dialogID=4031035

Although it doesn't mention file corruption, you may want to test if the
workaround it documents affects the file corruption problem as well.

HTH,
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Ray Dassen
Technical Support Engineer, EMEA Services Center, Novell Technical Services
Novell, Inc. Software for the Open Enterprise http://www.novell.com/open
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