[Mailman-Developers] New LockFile.py

J C Lawrence claw@cp.net
Tue, 02 May 2000 17:39:05 -0700

On Mon, 1 May 2000 13:43:04 -0400 (EDT) 
Barry Warsaw <bwarsaw@python.org> wrote:

> The one questionable aspect of the new LockFile.py is that it uses
> the mtime of the file as the lock's lifetime.  This works great
> for avoiding race conditions but means that Mailman is setting
> mtime's of the files to some time in the future.  Is anybody aware
> of OSes where this will be a problem?  Linux and Solaris both seem
> to stay happy.

Aside: Tripwire, Aide, and other filesystem based attack sensors
will tend to have fits over this.  Further, depending on how you
reply on them and their magnitude, interaction with time daemons ala
NTP could cause unexpected results.

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