[PATCH] locks: rename file-private locks to file-description locks

Michael Kerrisk (man-pages) mtk.manpages at gmail.com
Mon Apr 21 14:10:33 MDT 2014

On 04/21/2014 09:06 PM, Christoph Hellwig wrote:
> On Mon, Apr 21, 2014 at 03:04:10PM -0400, Theodore Ts'o wrote:
>> I think what you mean is that there is no need that we expose the name
>> "struct file".  My point is that "struct file" is actually a much
>> _better_ name than "file description".  Heck, "open file object" would
>> be better name than "file description".
> Open file description is what all current standards use.  I'm pretty
> sure really old ones just used open file, 

("open file description" was already in SUSv1 (1994))

> but struct file has never
> been used in an API description.  


> Introducing it now entirely out of
> context is not helpful at all.

In principle, I agree, though it might be helpful for some
people to mention this term in a side-note in, say, open(2).



Michael Kerrisk
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