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       shlock - Create lock files for use in shell scripts


       shlock [-b|-c|-u] -f name -p pid


       shlock tries to create a lock file named name and write the process ID pid into it.  If
       the file already exists, shlock will read the process ID from the file and test to see
       whether the process is currently running.  If the process exists, then the file will not
       be created.  shlock exits with a zero status if it could create the lock file, or non-zero
       if the file refers to a currently active process.

       A Perl wrapper around shlock can be used via the "INN::Utils::Shlock" module.


       -b  Process IDs are normally read and written in ASCII.  If the -b flag is used, then they
           will be written as a binary int.

       -c  If the -c flag is used, then shlock will not create a lock file, but will instead use
           the file to see if the lock is held by another program.  If the lock is valid, the
           program will exit with a non-zero status; if the lock is not valid (i.e. invoking
           shlock without the flag would have succeeded), then the program will exit with a zero

       -f name
           name is the name of the lock file shlock attempts to create.  If the file already
           exists, it will read the process ID from the file and exit with a non-zero status if
           this process is currently active.

       -p pid
           pid is the process ID to write into the file name.

       -u  For compatibility with other systems, the -u flag is accepted as a synonym for -b
           since binary locks are used by many UUCP packages.


       The following example shows how shlock would be used within a shell script:

           LOCK=<pathrun in inn.conf>/LOCK.send
           trap 'rm -f ${LOCK} ; exit 1' 1 2 3 15
           if shlock -p $$ -f ${LOCK} ; then
               # Do appropriate work.
               echo "Locked by `cat ${LOCK}`"


       Written by Rich $alz <> for InterNetNews after a description of HDB UUCP
       locking given by Peter Honeyman, and improved by Berend Reitsma to solve a race condition.
       Converted to POD by Julien Elie.

       $Id: shlock.pod 9303 2011-08-04 22:09:57Z iulius $