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Re: [Linux-cluster] Re: GFS, what's remaining

On Sun, Sep 04, 2005 at 01:18:05AM -0700, Andrew Morton wrote:
> > 	I thought I stated this in my other email.  We're not intending
> > to extend dlmfs.
> Famous last words ;)

	Heh, of course :-)

> I don't buy the general "fs is nice because we can script it" argument,
> really.  You can just write a few simple applications which provide access
> to the syscalls (or the fs!) and then write scripts around those.

	I can't see how that works easily.  I'm not worried about a
tarball (eventually Red Hat and SuSE and Debian would have it).  I'm
thinking about this shell:

	exec 7</dlm/domainxxxx/lock1
	do stuff
	exec 7</dev/null

If someone kills the shell while stuff is doing, the lock is unlocked
because fd 7 is closed.  However, if you have an application to do the

	takelock domainxxx lock1
	do sutff
	droplock domainxxx lock1

When someone kills the shell, the lock is leaked, becuase droplock isn't
called.  And SEGV/QUIT/-9 (especially -9, folks love it too much) are
handled by the first example but not by the second.


"Same dancers in the same old shoes.
 You get too careful with the steps you choose.
 You don't care about winning but you don't want to lose
 After the thrill is gone."

Joel Becker
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E-mail: joel becker oracle com
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