Why can two users open the same word doc at the same time ? Multiple Users Same Document Problem

Posted: 12-12-2003, 03:27 AM
Didn't see this before my panther upgrade and wondering if anyone else
has seen this as well.

Proper behavior used to be that when using filesharing and one user
opens a word document and another users tries to open the same one,
they are propmted with a warning that the document is already open and
would they like to open it read only or create a copy.

But now... Word and any office application allows anyone to open the
same document at the same time...???? No warning no nothing, it just
opens away with no warning at all and when saving it will happily
overwrite the document that is already open by someone else.


Any and all help appreciated,

Richard

Mac OS X.3
Office X service release 1

Why can two users open the same word doc at the same time ? Multiple Users Same Document Problem


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Beth Rosengard
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Re: Why can two users open the same word doc at the same time ?Multiple Users Same Document Problem
Posted: 12-12-2003, 11:42 PM
Hi Richard,

Would you please try the same thing with a TextEdit document. Any
difference? If the problem is the same, then this is an Apple issue and you
should go yell at them :-). If not, I'll definitely take it back to MS and
try to find out what's up.

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Beth Rosengard
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Mac Word FAQ: <http://www.mvps.org/word/FAQs/WordMac/index.htm>
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On 12/11/03 7:27 PM, in article
b7effc5d.0312111927.3a77dd09@posting.google.com, "Richard Campbell"
<richmc@newsguy.com> wrote:
> Didn't see this before my panther upgrade and wondering if anyone else
> has seen this as well.
>
> Proper behavior used to be that when using filesharing and one user
> opens a word document and another users tries to open the same one,
> they are propmted with a warning that the document is already open and
> would they like to open it read only or create a copy.
>
> But now... Word and any office application allows anyone to open the
> same document at the same time...???? No warning no nothing, it just
> opens away with no warning at all and when saving it will happily
> overwrite the document that is already open by someone else.
>
>
> Any and all help appreciated,
>
> Richard
>
> Mac OS X.3
> Office X service release 1
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John McGhie
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Re: Why can two users open the same word doc at the same time ?Multiple Users Same Document Problem
Posted: 01-20-2004, 08:49 PM
Hi Richard:

Word should be adding an ".lck" file to the folder of the original document
for each one it has open. To test this, open a file in Word, then look on
the server. Immediately adjacent to the file you opened, you should see a
file whose name begins with a tilde and whose name is otherwise exactly the
same as the open document. The file extension should be .lck not .doc.

If that file is not there, Word doesn't know that the file is open and is
relying on the OS to tell it. If the OS does not tell it the file is open,
Word requests the file as "Open", it will be handed a read-only copy and the
second user will not find out until he attempts to save, when he will be
prompted to save to a different file name.

It's annoying: and I think it's a bug :-)


On 12/12/03 2:27 PM, in article
b7effc5d.0312111927.3a77dd09@posting.google.com, "Richard Campbell"
<richmc@newsguy.com> wrote:
> Didn't see this before my panther upgrade and wondering if anyone else
> has seen this as well.
>
> Proper behavior used to be that when using filesharing and one user
> opens a word document and another users tries to open the same one,
> they are propmted with a warning that the document is already open and
> would they like to open it read only or create a copy.
>
> But now... Word and any office application allows anyone to open the
> same document at the same time...???? No warning no nothing, it just
> opens away with no warning at all and when saving it will happily
> overwrite the document that is already open by someone else.
>
>
> Any and all help appreciated,
>
> Richard
>
> Mac OS X.3
> Office X service release 1
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