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FLOCK(2)		   Linux Programmer's Manual		      FLOCK(2)

       flock - apply or remove an advisory lock on an open file

       #include <sys/file.h>

       int flock(int fd, int operation);

       Apply or remove an advisory lock on the open file specified by fd.  The
       argument operation is one of the following:

	   LOCK_SH  Place a shared lock.  More than one	 process  may  hold  a
		    shared lock for a given file at a given time.

	   LOCK_EX  Place  an  exclusive  lock.	  Only one process may hold an
		    exclusive lock for a given file at a given time.

	   LOCK_UN  Remove an existing lock held by this process.

       A call to flock() may block if an incompatible lock is held by  another
       process.	  To  make  a  nonblocking request, include LOCK_NB (by ORing)
       with any of the above operations.

       A single file may not simultaneously have  both	shared	and  exclusive

       Locks  created by flock() are associated with an open file table entry.
       This means that duplicate file descriptors (created  by,	 for  example,
       fork(2)	or  dup(2)) refer to the same lock, and this lock may be modi‐
       fied or released using any of these descriptors.	 Furthermore, the lock
       is  released  either  by	 an explicit LOCK_UN operation on any of these
       duplicate descriptors, or when all such descriptors have been closed.

       If a process uses open(2) (or similar) to obtain more than one descrip‐
       tor  for	 the same file, these descriptors are treated independently by
       flock().	 An attempt to lock the file using one of these file  descrip‐
       tors  may  be  denied  by  a  lock that the calling process has already
       placed via another descriptor.

       A process may hold only one type of lock (shared	 or  exclusive)	 on  a
       file.   Subsequent flock() calls on an already locked file will convert
       an existing lock to the new lock mode.

       Locks created by flock() are preserved across an execve(2).

       A shared or exclusive lock can be placed on a file  regardless  of  the
       mode in which the file was opened.

       On  success,  zero is returned.	On error, -1 is returned, and errno is
       set appropriately.

       EBADF  fd is not an open file descriptor.

       EINTR  While waiting to acquire a lock, the  call  was  interrupted  by
	      delivery of a signal caught by a handler; see signal(7).

       EINVAL operation is invalid.

       ENOLCK The kernel ran out of memory for allocating lock records.

	      The file is locked and the LOCK_NB flag was selected.

       4.4BSD  (the  flock()  call  first  appeared  in 4.2BSD).  A version of
       flock(), possibly implemented in terms of  fcntl(2),  appears  on  most
       UNIX systems.

       flock()	does not lock files over NFS.  Use fcntl(2) instead: that does
       work over NFS, given a sufficiently  recent  version  of	 Linux	and  a
       server which supports locking.

       Since  kernel  2.0,  flock() is implemented as a system call in its own
       right rather than being emulated in the GNU C  library  as  a  call  to
       fcntl(2).   This	 yields	 true  BSD  semantics: there is no interaction
       between the types of lock placed by flock() and fcntl(2),  and  flock()
       does not detect deadlock.

       flock()	places	advisory  locks	 only; given suitable permissions on a
       file, a process is free to ignore the use of flock() and perform I/O on
       the file.

       flock()	and  fcntl(2)  locks  have different semantics with respect to
       forked processes and dup(2).  On systems that implement	flock()	 using
       fcntl(2),  the  semantics  of  flock()  will  be	 different  from those
       described in this manual page.

       Converting a lock (shared to exclusive, or vice versa) is  not  guaran‐
       teed  to	 be atomic: the existing lock is first removed, and then a new
       lock is established.  Between these two steps, a pending	 lock  request
       by  another process may be granted, with the result that the conversion
       either blocks, or fails if LOCK_NB was specified.  (This is the	origi‐
       nal BSD behavior, and occurs on many other implementations.)

       flock(1),  close(2),  dup(2),  execve(2),  fcntl(2),  fork(2), open(2),

       Documentation/filesystem/locks.txt in  the  Linux  kernel  source  tree
       (Documentation/locks.txt in older kernels)

       This  page  is  part of release 3.54 of the Linux man-pages project.  A
       description of the project, and information about reporting  bugs,  can
       be found at http://www.kernel.org/doc/man-pages/.

Linux				  2013-02-11			      FLOCK(2)

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