package core_unix

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Mutual exclusion between processes using flock and lockf. A file is considered locked only if both of these mechanisms work.

These locks are advisory, meaning that they will not work with systems that don't also try to acquire the matching locks. Although lockf can work across systems (and, in our environment, does work across Linux systems), it is not guaranteed to do so across all implementations.

val create : ?message:string -> ?close_on_exec:bool -> ?unlink_on_exit:bool -> string -> bool

create ?close_on_exec ?message path tries to create a file at path containing the text message, which defaults to the pid of the locking process. It returns true on success, false on failure.

Note: there is no way to release the lock or the fd created inside! It will only be released when the process dies. If close_on_exec is false, then the lock will not be released until children created via fork and exec also terminate. If not specified, close_on_exec=true.

Note that by default, the lock file is not cleaned up for you when the process exits. If you pass unlink_on_exit:true, an at_exit handler will be set up to remove the lock file on program termination.

The lock file is created with mode 664, so will not be world-writable even with umask 0.

val create_exn : ?message:string -> ?close_on_exec:bool -> ?unlink_on_exit:bool -> string -> unit

create_exn ?message path is like create except that it throws an exception on failure instead of returning a boolean value.

val blocking_create : ?max_retry_delay:Core.Time_float.Span.t -> ?random:Core.Random.State.t Core.Lazy.t -> ?timeout:Core.Time_float.Span.t -> ?message:string -> ?close_on_exec:bool -> ?unlink_on_exit:bool -> string -> unit

blocking_create t tries to create the lock. If another process holds the lock this function will retry periodically until it is released or until timeout expires. The delay between retries is chosen uniformly at random between 0 and max_retry_delay.

val is_locked : string -> bool

is_locked path returns true when the file at path exists and is locked, false otherwise. Requires write permission for the lock file.

val get_pid : string -> Core.Pid.t option

get_pid path reads the lock file at path and returns the pid in the file. Returns None if the file cannot be read, or if the file contains a message that is not an int.

module Nfs : sig ... end

An implementation-neutral NFS lock file scheme that relies on the atomicity of link over NFS. Rather than relying on a working traditional advisory lock system over NFS, we create a hard link between the file given to the create call and a new file <filename>.nfs_lock. This link call is atomic (in that it succeeds or fails) across all systems that have the same filesystem mounted. The link file must be cleaned up on program exit (normally accomplished by an at_exit handler, but see caveats below).

module Mkdir : sig ... end

This is the dumbest lock imaginable: we mkdir to lock and rmdir to unlock. This gives you pretty good mutual exclusion, but it makes you vulnerable to stale locks.

This is a bit better than Mkdir and is very likely to be compatible: it lets you atomically write the owner of the lock into the symlink, it's used both by emacs and hg, and it's supposed to work on nfs.

module Flock : sig ... end

This just uses flock. The main reason this module exists is that create won't let you release locks, so we need a new interface.


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