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FLOCKFILE(3) Library Functions Manual FLOCKFILE(3)

flockfile, ftrylockfile, funlockfileapplication level locking of stdio files

#include <stdio.h>

flockfile(FILE *file);

ftrylockfile(FILE *file);

funlockfile(FILE *file);

The (), ftrylockfile(), and funlockfile() functions provide for explicit application-level locking of stdio FILE * objects. These functions can be used by a thread to delineate a sequence of I/O statements that are to be executed as a unit.

The () function is used by a thread to acquire ownership of a FILE * object.

The () function is used by a thread to acquire ownership of a FILE * object if the object is available; ftrylockfile() is a non-blocking version of flockfile().

The () function is used to relinquish the ownership granted to the thread. The behaviour is undefined if a thread other than the current owner calls the funlockfile() function.

Logically, there is a lock count associated with each FILE * object. This count is implicitly initialized to zero when the FILE * object is created. The FILE * object is unlocked when the count is zero. When the count is positive, a single thread owns the FILE * object. When the () function is called, if the count is zero or if the count is positive and the caller owns the FILE * object, the count is incremented. Otherwise, the calling thread is suspended, waiting for the count to return to zero. Each call to funlockfile() decrements the count. This allows matching calls to flockfile() (or successful calls to ftrylockfile()) and funlockfile() to be nested.

Library functions that reference FILE * behave as if they use () and funlockfile() internally to obtain ownership of these FILE * objects.

None for flockfile() and funlockfile(). The function ftrylockfile() returns zero for success and non-zero to indicate that the lock cannot be acquired.


getc_unlocked(3), getchar_unlocked(3), pthreads(3), putc_unlocked(3), putchar_unlocked(3)

flockfile(), ftrylockfile() and funlockfile() conform to ISO/IEC 9945-1 ANSI/IEEE (“POSIX”) Std 1003.1c/D10.

June 5, 2013 OpenBSD-current