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“File Is Locked by Another User …” on Novell Network

PSS ID Number: Q46179 Article last modified on 11-02-1994




The message “File is locked by another user or application” is received when running Word 5.00 on a Novell network in the following instances, in addition to the situation listed on Page 138 of the “Reference to Microsoft Word”:

  1. You are attempting to save edits to an already existing file and the Novell OPEN right is not included in your effective rights for the directory that contains the file.
  2. You are attempting to load an already existing file from a directory in which the Novell OPEN right is not part of your effective rights.

Note: You cannot load Word Version 4.00 from a directory in which you do not have the Novell OPEN right. If you attempt to load an already existing file into Word 4.00 from a separate directory in which you lack the OPEN right, you will encounter the message “File is in use,” and the file will not load.

You should have all rights, with the exception of the parental right, in your user start-up, and other destination directories.


The following rights may be granted or revoked on a Novell network by assigning or deleting “trustee rights” that control an individual user’s ability to work in a directory and its files. With Novell Version 2.10 or later, the SYSCON menu utility is used by the system administrator to make these assignments.

Code Right —- —–

R Read from open files. W Write to open files. O Open existing files. C Create (and simultaneously open) new files. Create subdirectories of the directory. D Delete existing files of subdirectories. Delete subdirectories of the directory P Parental, which includes the following: Create, rename, erase subdirectories of the directory. Set trustee and directory rights in the directory. Set trustee and directory rights. S Search the directory. M Modify file attributes.

In addition, rights may added to or deleted from a directory’s “Maximum Rights Mask” to control the rights of all users, except those of the supervisor, in a given directory. These are the same eight rights that apply to trustee security. With Novell Version 2.10 or above, the FILER menu utility is used to make these assignments.

“Effective rights” are the actual rights of a user, and are determined by the combination of trustee and directory security rights listed above.

The following example shows how trustee rights and directory rights are combined to determine effective rights. The bottom line represents the rights you, as a user, actually have in a particular directory, given the assignments in the first two lines.

Directory Rights: R : W : O : : D : P : S : M :
Trustee Rights: R : : O : C : : : S : :

Effective Rights: R : : O : : : : S : :

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