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  • I am running Ubuntu 13.04 and Windows XP.

  • I am a samba newbie but was able to set this up on Ubuntu following the instructions posted here

  • My question is that although I can copy a word document to the share from linux, when I edit it in Word on Windows I cannot save and overwrite the file. It says the file is read only.

  • I have to save a copy and then do a move of the file on the Linux system.

  • I tried changing the perms of the file to 777 on the linux side but this didn't fix it so I am thinking it is a perms at the user level.

  • Does anyone know off the top of their head? I currently have security = user in my smb.conf file.

  • When copying a file from linux to the share it has my user name on it. When creating a file from windows to the share it has nobody nogroup on the file.

  • The good news is both linux and windows see the same files and I can open all the files put on the share in windows I just can't overwrite them with edits ( word 2007 files specifically ).

  • Any help on the setting to fix this is appreciated.

samba details

   comment = Unbuntu File Share
   path = /srv/samba/share
   browseable = yes
   guest ok = yes
   read only = no
   create mask = 0775

permissions of all the directories for /srv/samba/share

bjackfly@BigJackFly:~$ ls -ltr | grep srv
drwxr-xr-x   3 root root  4096 Sep 25 14:05 srv

bjackfly@BigJackFly:~$ ls -ltr /srv/ | grep samba
drwxr-xr-x 3 root root 4096 Sep 25 14:05 samba

bjackfly@BigJackFly:~$ ls -ltr /srv/samba/ | grep share
drwxrwxrwx 2 nobody nogroup 4096 Sep 25 17:25 share
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Could you post at least the [YourShareName] portion of your smb.conf file and also the output of ls -la /srv/samba/YourShareName? There's a good chance that your create mask = 0755 line is wrong or missing or that your skipped the chown step. – Phoeey Sep 25 '13 at 21:55
I added the details requested. Thanks for looking into this. – bjackfly Sep 25 '13 at 22:49
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I had to make sure that files in the share had nobody.nogroup

sudo chown nobody.nogroup  file.docx
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