[Gluster-devel] posix-locks problem

Vikas Gorur vikas at zresearch.com
Mon Aug 6 06:28:09 UTC 2007

Forgot to CC: list.

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From: Vikas Gorur <vikas at zresearch.com>
Date: 05-Aug-2007 12:19
Subject: Re: [Gluster-devel] posix-locks problem
To: Kevan Benson <kbenson at a-1networks.com>

On 04/08/07, Kevan Benson <kbenson at a-1networks.com> wrote:
> I'm having a problem getting locking to work, and this is with TLA patched to 425.
> Whenever I specify posix locks, I see this in the logs:
> [xlator.c:154:xlator_set_type] libglusterfs/xlator: dlsym(notify) on /opt/glusterfs-server/lib/glusterfs/1.3.0/xlator/features/posix-locks.so: undefined symbol: notify -- neglecting

This is a completely benign warning.

> Originally I was trying a semi complex setup with multiple servers and
> AFR's and unifies, but in testing I've reduced this to a single server
> with a single export and two clients, with no translators at all on the
> client side, and I'm still seeing problems.
> Locking works from within the same client, but not from separate
> clients.  That is, using this simple perl script to perform lock a file
> with flock before writing the date, waiting a set period and writing
> the date again functions correctly when run twice from one client,
> but not when run twice from separate clients.

What you're trying to do is use flock(2) locks. flock(2) locks are not
supported by FUSE. The lock requests will be handled by the kernel
itself and never reach FUSE, let alone GlusterFS.

The posix-locks translator implements the fcntl(2) locking API.
fcntl(2) allows for more fine-grained locking, as it supports locking
of particular regions inside a file --- whereas flock(2) locks are on
the entire file.

flock(2) and fcntl(2) locks can co-exist on Linux. There is absolutely
no interaction between them.

In summary, if you want distributed file locks, you should use the
fcntl(2) API, not flock(2).


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