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Re: problem with folder locking: procmail and pine

On 2 Mar, John Goerzen wrote:
> On Mar 2, Santiago Vila Doncel wrote:
> > Debian procmail is patched to use *only* dot locking, as mandated by
> > Debian policy manual, 4.3.
> Hmm, is it just me or does that seem a little silly?
> What's wrong with using dot-locking in conjunction with fcntl/flock?

It blows up horribly if /var/spool/mail (or the local equivalent) is
mounted via NFS.  Dot-locking is the *only* reliable locking mechanism
in that case; and since a Debian package can't know in advance what
its run-time environment should be, then it shouldn't use any locking
mechanism except .lock files.
M a l c . . .            |  "A wrong parameters may be caused the mainboard
(malc@thing.demon.co.uk) |   out of order."  -- Pentium motherboard manual.

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