[SATLUG] CIFS, ""text file busy", and copying anyway!

Daniel J. Givens daniel at rugmonster.org
Tue Dec 8 20:42:55 CST 2009

Honestly, I doubt it without doing something on the Windows side.  
Shadow copy on Windows was created to create snapshots to allow open  
files to be copied/archived. There is no solution via CIFS purely to  
initiate that (that I know of).

Daniel J. Givens

On Dec 8, 2009, at 6:40 PM, David Salisbury <david.salisbury at momentumweb.com 
 > wrote:

> Howdy, all:
> I've got a Windows share I've mounted via CIFS on my Linux box  
> here.  In that shared directory is a file that is open and in-use by  
> a process on the Windows machine.  I would like to copy that file,  
> even though it is in use, from the share to the local Linux drive.   
> Problem is, when I try to copy it I get a "text file busy" error and  
> it won't copy.  I've tried smbget, I've tried rsync, I've tried  
> mounting the share with -o nooplock, -o noperm, -o directio, and  
> none of these have allowed me to reach my goal of copying the file.
> I figure there's gotta be a way to "force" it to just "copy anyway",  
> right? Does anyone know of a way?  At worst, I could schedule a task  
> using robocopy or hobocopy on the Windows machine to make a copy of  
> the file every hour or so, and just copy that across the share, but  
> that doesn't seem very elegant (plus I'm not positive it will work,  
> haven't tried yet but have read that (r/h)obocopy could possibly do  
> it).  Anyway, does anyone know of a way to force CIFS to allow that  
> copy?  Thanks!!
> David
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