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By HereInOz ·
Hi all,

I must confess that I am at the bottom end of a very steep learning curve here, having installed Fedora 3 Linux and now sorting out how to use it.

I have connected the Linux machine to a shared folder on a Windows XP machine, I can see the files, I can copy the files over to the Linux box, and all works properly. I can double click on image files and text files on the Windows share and they will open in the appropriate application on the Linux box OK, but the funny one is when I try to open MS Office files which are on the share.

These files will not open in Open Office, whether by double clicking on the file, or by using the Open dialog box in Open Office, yet, if I copy them over to the Linux machine, they will open fine.

If I double click on the file in the Windows share, Open Office begins to run, bringing up its splash screen, but then just shuts down and that is it. If I use the Open dialog box to select the file, Open Office just sits there with a "new document" screen and a flashing cursor.

It feels like some kind of configuration setting that is prohibiting the opening across a network, or a firewall setting in Linux (does it have one??) that is stopping Open Office somehow.

There appears to be no problem with the Zone Alarm firewall on the Windows machine - that has all the right permissions.

Can anyone throw some light on this one and assist a fledgling Linux person over his first major hurdle?

I would really appreciate it if you could.

Cheers,

Alan

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by BFilmFan In reply to Open office accessing a W ...

Check to see if SMB signing is on via the local GPO on the Windows XP box. If it is, change the setting to Not Configured.

Also, I would try turning off the Zone Alarm firewall and seeing if the file opens normally then. If so, then it means the configuration of the firewall needs to be adjusted.

Also, is the XP system and the Linux servers all in the same Windows domain? Otherwise, you may be having an issue with authentication of the user account to the resource.

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by HereInOz In reply to

Still no joy - not even looking at a FAT32 partition. I think this little black duck is going to have to learn a little more about the delights of smb.conf!!

Thanks for the assistance people - sorry I couldn't get it working in the short term - I shall persist.

cheers,

Alan

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by Jaqui In reply to Open office accessing a W ...

open ofice will write a temp file to record the changes to the open file, it uses the directory the file is in.
if you have not allowed write permission, or the xp system is ntfs, then those may be the problem.
( haven't checked fedora, but most distros still have spotty ntfs support when it comes to writing to it. )

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by Jaqui In reply to

the other method would be to alter the default directory for the temp files to something like:

~Home/Documents/openoffice/tmp/

then it will always have write permissions for the temp files.

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by HereInOz In reply to

Still no joy - not even looking at a FAT32 partition. I think this little black duck is going to have to learn a little more about the delights of smb.conf!!

Thanks for the assistance people - sorry I couldn't get it working in the short term - I shall persist.

cheers,

Alan

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by HereInOz In reply to Open office accessing a W ...

Thanks Jaqui - I will move a few documents over to a FAT32 share on the same machine and see how it goes. I think you have hit it , as I can open other files in their default applications, so there are no worries about read access, but, of course, opening an image in an image viewer does not require the creation of temp files on the remote share.

It is beginning to fit in place. I will see how we go tonight.

Thanks, Alan

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