View Full Version : Who is opening my files...

Mar 2, 2011, 07:25 AM
I have a server and occasionally I cannot open a file because the server says <file> is currently in use. Powerpoint cannot modify it at this time. Wait until the file becomes available.

Fact is I am the only one using the server and the file is not open on any of my Macs.

I did check if other system utilities could be accessing the file such as TimeMachine, but this is not the case.

I also checked things such as permissions without success.

This is very irritating. As there is no idea when the file will be available again, and obviously : when I am accessing the file is when I need it.

Is there anywhere to look to see who is using a file in a leopard server environment?

Mar 2, 2011, 09:29 AM
man fuser

Mar 21, 2011, 03:07 PM
man fuser

tried that and this showed nothing conclusive.

Mar 21, 2011, 03:12 PM
tried that and this showed nothing conclusive.

How about lsof?


Mar 21, 2011, 07:25 PM
First of all, how are you accessing it? Local filesystem? SMB? AFP?

If you are opening it over the network, consider that the file was not released previously. Which would cause that message. This is actually a pretty common thing with Office files.

Mar 26, 2011, 11:08 AM

I do not know the exact terms for the "how I am opening the files". I actually connect to the server by selecting it on the finder window, then just browsing using finder to the file.

I do not think the problem is linked to the fact that the files are "office" as I close the files, rather than hard kill the network connection.