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Official Samba-3 HOWTO and Reference Guide, The, Second Edition by Jelmer Vernooij, John H. Terpstra

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Chapter 16. File and Record Locking

One area that causes trouble for many network administrators is locking. The extent of the problem is readily evident from searches over the Internet.

Features and Benefits

Samba provides all the same locking semantics that MS Windows clients expect and that MS Windows NT4/200x servers also provide.

The term locking has exceptionally broad meaning and covers a range of functions that are all categorized under this one term.

Opportunistic locking is a desirable feature when it can enhance the perceived performance of applications on a networked client. However, the opportunistic locking protocol is not robust and therefore can encounter problems when invoked beyond a simplistic configuration or on extended slow or ...

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