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LOCK(2) 							System Calls Manual							   LOCK(2)

lock - lock a process in primary memory SYNOPSIS
lock(flag) DESCRIPTION
If the flag argument is non-zero, the process executing this call will not be swapped except if it is required to grow. If the argument is zero, the process is unlocked. This call may only be executed by the super-user. BUGS
Locked processes interfere with the compaction of primary memory and can cause deadlock. This system call is not considered a permanent part of the system. ASSEMBLER
(lock = 53.) sys lock; flag local LOCK(2)

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SHLOCK(1)						      General Commands Manual							 SHLOCK(1)

       shlock - create lock files for use in shell scripts

       shlock -p pid -f name [ -b ] [ -u ] [ -c ]

       Shlock  tries  to  create  a  lock  file named name and write the process ID pid into it.  If the file already exists, shlock will read the
       process ID from the file and test to see if the process is currently running.  If the process exists, then the file will not be created.

       Shlock exits with a zero status if it was able to create the lock file, or non-zero if the file refers to currently-active process.

       -b     Process IDs are normally read and written in ASCII.  If the ``-b'' flag is used, then they will be written as  a	binary	int.   For
	      compatibility with other systems, the ``-u'' flag is accepted as a synonym for ``-b'' since binary locks are used by many UUCP pack-

       -c     If the ``-c'' flag is used, then shlock will not create a lock file, but will instead use the file to see if the	lock  is  held	by
	      another  program.   If  the  lock  is  valid, the program will exit with a non-zero status; if the lock is not valid (i.e., invoking
	      shlock without the flag would have succeeded), then the program will exit with a zero status.

       The following example shows how shlock would be used within a shell script:
	      trap 'rm -f ${LOCK} ; exit 1' 1 2 3 15
	      if shlock -p $$ -f ${LOCK} ; then
		  # Do appropriate work
		  echo Locked by `cat ${LOCK}`

       Written by Rich $alz <> after a description of HDB UUCP locking given by Peter Honeyman.  This  is  revision  1.9,  dated

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