[PATCH v3 6/6] locks: add new "private" lock type that is owned by the filp

Jeff Layton jlayton at redhat.com
Tue Dec 17 06:50:55 MST 2013

On Tue, 17 Dec 2013 05:37:21 -0800
Christoph Hellwig <hch at infradead.org> wrote:

> On Tue, Dec 17, 2013 at 08:31:25AM -0500, Jeff Layton wrote:
> > So, I think the above semantics are pretty clear, but now that I've had
> > a go at sitting down to document this stuff for the POSIX spec and
> > manpages, it's clear how convoluted the text in there is becoming.
> > 
> > That makes me wonder...would we be better off with a new set of cmd
> > values here instead of new l_type values? IOW, we could add new:
> > 
> That seems a tad cleaner to me indeed.
> > ...and then just reuse the same F_RDLCK/F_WRLCK/F_UNLCK values? With
> > that too, we could create a new equivalent to struct flock that has
> > fixed length types instead of dealing with the off_t mess.
> For the Posix interface you'd need an off_t as that's what the whole
> API uses for file offsets.  We could make sure to always use a off64_t
> for the kernel interface though.


> What is the API you propose to posix?  An new posix_lockf?

I haven't proposed anything concrete to POSIX just yet. I'm trying to
get the Linux patches done and then I'll do that. I don't think we want
a new syscall when fcntl() will work.

If we use new cmd values however, then we don't necessarily need to use
struct flock/flock64. I think the question is -- should we stick with
struct flock/flock64, or would we be better served with something new
for this?

Jeff Layton <jlayton at redhat.com>

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