Micro Focus Filr Desktop client 3.1
Novell Filr 2.0
Novell Filr Desktop client 2.0
Filr Desktop client creates conflicting copies of Excel 97-2003 workbook (.xls) format file even if the file is only being viewed (not modified) by a user and another user tries to view it at the same time.
For example, a Filr user A is viewing an xls spreadsheet through the Filr 2.0 Desktop client. At the same time a Filr user B views the same file through his Desktop client. User B closes the file without any modifications to it but user A still has the file open. Now when user A closes the same file without any modifications to it, a conflicting file is created immediately by user Aâs Desktop client. In reality, neither User A nor User B have not made any change to the spreadsheet.
In addition to generation of conflicting copies, some users may also experience file upload failures when they try to open a Excel 97-2003 workbook (.xls) format file that has been shared with them with "read-only" privileges. Because opening such files changes the file's MD5Sum, Filr tries to update the file but because user was not granted "write" privileges, an upload failure error is displayed.
A fix for this issue is available in the Filr 2.0 - Hot Patch 4 and Filr 3.1.1 update available in the Novell Patch Finder. With the fix in place, the Desktop client will ignore any updates on Excel 97-2003 workbook (.xls) format file unless the user actually makes a change and saves the file.
Note that this is a known issue / limitation with Microsoft Excel 97-2003 workbook (.xls) format files: