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Re: [Nmh-workers] nmh-1.1-RC4 post /tmp/,LCK.* problem

From: Joel Reicher
Subject: Re: [Nmh-workers] nmh-1.1-RC4 post /tmp/,LCK.* problem
Date: Wed, 16 Nov 2005 17:30:44 +1100

> This is an issue with dot locking that I brought up about two years ago,
> but apparently never opened a bug for.  This change in behavior is a
> good reason not to use dot locking as the default.
> I just opened a bug report for it:
> https://savannah.nongnu.org/bugs/index.php?func=detailitem&item_id=14977
> I have been successfully using lockf locking over NFS for a couple
> years.

Dot locking is the only kind of locking guaranteed to be `supported' on
all/most servers, so I don't see how any other default is sensible.

Maybe I'm misunderstanding something.

Anyway, I think the best might be for nmh to refuse to manipulate (create,
edit, etc.) files that it cannot dotlock. I'm not sure whether that
refusal should be a fatal error for the entire command being executed,
or a warning and partial success of the command.


        - Joel

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