[RFC PATCH 0/5] locks: implement "filp-private" (aka UNPOSIX) locks

Jeff Layton jlayton at redhat.com
Fri Oct 11 18:42:44 MDT 2013

On Fri, 11 Oct 2013 20:18:58 -0400
Scott Lovenberg <scott.lovenberg at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Oct 11, 2013, at 19:49, Jeremy Allison <jra at samba.org> wrote:
> > On Fri, 11 Oct 2013 15:36:43 -0600 Andreas Dilger <adilger at dilger.ca> wrote:
> >>> 
> >>> At this point, my main questions are:
> >>> 
> >>> 1) does this look useful, particularly for fileserver implementors?
> > 
> > Yes from the Samba perspective. We'll have to keep the old
> > code around for compatibility with non-Linux OS'es, but this
> > will allow Linux Samba to short-circuit a bunch of logic
> > we have to get around the insane POSIX locking semantics
> > on close.
> > 
> > Jeremy.
> From the peanut gallery, IIRC from college a few years back, wasn't the POSIX file locking stuff passed by all parties because they intended to do their own thing regardless of the standard?  The reason that all locks are blown on a release is mostly because there were already implementations and no one wanted to push the issue, or am I misunderstanding/forgetting the history of file locks in POSIX?

This blog post of Jeremy's explains some of the history:


See the section entitled "First Implementation Past the Post".

Jeff Layton <jlayton at redhat.com>

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