Curt Sampson wrote:
> On Fri, 31 Jan 2003, Shridhar Daithankar<[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> > Besides file locking is implemented using setgid  bit on most unices. And
> > everybody is free to do what he/she thinks right with it.
> I don't believe it's implemented with the setgid bit on most Unices. As
> I recall, it's certainly not on Xenix, SCO Unix, any of the BSDs, Linux,
> SunOS, Solaris, and Tru64 Unix.
> (I'm talking about the flock system call, here.)

Linux, at least, supports mandatory file locks.  The Linux kernel
documentation mentions that you're supposed to use fcntl() or lockf()
(the latter being a library wrapper around the former) to actually
lock the file but, when those operations are applied to a file that
has the setgid bit set but without the group execute bit set, the
kernel enforces it as a mandatory lock.  That means that operations
like open(), read(), and write() initiated by other processes on the
same file will block (or return EAGAIN, if O_NONBLOCK was used to open
it) if that's what the lock on the file calls for.

That same documentation mentions that locks acquired using flock()
will *not* invoke the mandatory lock semantics even if on a file
marked for it, so I guess flock() isn't implemented on top of fcntl()
in Linux.

So if we wanted to make use of mandatory locks, we'd have to refrain
from using flock().

Kevin Brown                                           [EMAIL PROTECTED]

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