On Sat, 27 Jun 2009 10:00:24 -0500, Charles Howse <cho...@charter.net> wrote: > What are stale lock files? > I've been having them for a few weeks now, they need to go away!
Lock files are used by several programs to indicate file-wise that they are running. The lock file is created when the program starts, and usually deleted when it ends. If it is interrupted (due to an error or ^C), the lock file isn't removed. Most programs remove stale lock files by theirselves when they are started again (e. g. fetchmail). It's possible that there are programs that refuse to start, because the lock file (falsely) indicates that the program is already running. The location of the lock file seems to depend on the respective program. -- Polytropon >From Magdeburg, Germany Happy FreeBSD user since 4.0 Andra moi ennepe, Mousa, ... _______________________________________________ email@example.com mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "freebsd-questions-unsubscr...@freebsd.org"