> This could be cleaned up rather dramatically if we were to use one of
> the file locking primitives supplied by the OS to grab an exclusive
> lock on the file, ...
> ...
> The first question for the group is: is it worth doing that?

In the past it has been proposed and declined -- there is some stuff
in the archives.  While it would be beneficial to installations using
local data it would introduce new failure modes for installations
using NFS.



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