[PATCH] locks: breaking read lease should not block read open

Jamie Lokier jamie at shareable.org
Fri Aug 19 13:08:29 MDT 2011

J. Bruce Fields wrote:
> I'm not sure how to approach the lease code.
> On the one hand, I've never seen any evidence that anyone outside Samba
> and NFSv4 has ever used it, and both currently make extremely limited
> use of it.  So we could probably get away with "fixing" the lease code
> to do whatever both of us need.

I've never used it, but I've _nearly_ used it (project took a
different direction), in a web application framework.

Pretty much the way CIFS/NFS use it, to keep other things (remote
state, database state, derived files) transactionally coherent with
changes to file contents by programs that only know about the files
they access.

The SIGIO stuff is a horrible interface.
I could still see me trying to use it sometime in the future.
In which case I really don't mind if you make the semantics saner :-)

Now we have fanotify which does something very similar and could have
generalised leases, but unfortunately fanotify came from such a
different motivation that it's not well suited for ordinary user

-- Jamie

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