Openoffice and network files

I have openoffice 2.4 and 3.0 on 11.0 and can’t open files on a NAS device. (I could before Christmas but I can’t now and I notice mount.cifs has updated). Other applications open the files fine. I also have problems with openoffice saving files on a NAS device and a CIFS server.

This seems related to the problem at
[Solved] OOo 3.0 cannot save to network drive (View topic) • Community Forum](

A solution in this case was to use SMB4K with smbfs. Suse advises me smbfs support is not compiled into the kernel and hence for me (not wanting to compile my own kernel) a solution with SMB4K is not available.

My only working solution to date is to mount the NAS server on my SLES with smbfs (which is supported on SLES9) and then create a samba share of this mount point to the SUSE 11.0 machines.

Any other suggestions.

Try a cifs mount of the NAS in openSUSE with the nobrl option. Here’s a quote from a web tute:

…OpenOffice doesn’t use the cifs-style mandatory byte range locks. The problem is fixed when you add the option nobrl into the options for the cifs mount.

But I don’t have any idea if that’s your problem – can’t hurt to try it though.

Thanks, nobrl in options for cifs mount fixed Ooo access to Nas device. Why I now need this option and didn’t before Christmas is still odd.