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Bug 162783

Summary: Bogus flock(1) in util-linux package breaks
Product: [Fedora] Fedora Reporter: H. Peter Anvin <hpa>
Component: util-linuxAssignee: Karel Zak <kzak>
Status: CLOSED UPSTREAM QA Contact: Ben Levenson <benl>
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Description H. Peter Anvin 2005-07-08 16:39:55 UTC
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Description of problem:
Since FC4 at least, the util-linux package has added an flock(1) utility from Adam Richter.  Unfortunately this is incompatible with and much more limited than a preexisting flock(1) utility used on


Please unbundle this utility from the critical util-linux package, and preferrably, please include the utility in your distribution.

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How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
Execute "flock -x 2"


Actual Results:  Error message

Expected Results:  Exclusive lock on file descriptor 2

Additional info:

Comment 1 H. Peter Anvin 2005-07-08 16:40:32 UTC
I have tried to contact the util-linux maintainers about this issue as well.

Comment 2 H. Peter Anvin 2005-07-11 05:44:26 UTC
At the request of the util-linux maintainers, I have updated my version of flock
to become a proper superset of the one currently in util-linux.

See the URL above.

Comment 3 Karel Zak 2005-07-12 10:21:57 UTC
I don't want to change any util in FC4 update. We can think about it for FC5.
You're right that your flock version looks better. It would be nice if you add
locale support to your code:

    setlocale(LC_ALL, "");
    bindtextdomain(PACKAGE, LOCALEDIR);

Comment 4 Karel Zak 2005-09-05 14:01:49 UTC
Accepted by upstream, already in FC5.