[Python-Dev] Does Python need a file locking module (slightly higher level)?

Jean-Paul Calderone exarkun at divmod.com
Tue Oct 23 03:52:00 CEST 2007

On Tue, 23 Oct 2007 01:11:39 +0100, Jon Ribbens <jon+python-dev at unequivocal.co.uk> wrote:
>On Tue, Oct 23, 2007 at 12:29:35PM +1300, Greg Ewing wrote:
>> skip at pobox.com wrote:
>> > Does fcntl.flock work over NFS and SMB and on Windows?
>> I don't think file locking will ever work over NFS, since
>> it's a stateless protocol by design, and locking would
>> require maintaining state on the server.
>You can do file locking over NFS, that's one of the reasons people
>use fcntl. It uses an RPC side channel separate to the main NFS

You can do it.  It just doesn't work.  (You could say the same about
regular read and write operations for many NFS implementations, though)


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