[tpop3d-discuss] pop locks-

Chris Lightfoot chris at ex-parrot.com
Thu, 20 Jun 2002 20:12:54 +0100

On Thu, Jun 20, 2002 at 08:57:10AM -0400, Michael Klatsky wrote:
> Here are typical log entries:
> Jun 16 21:13:27 loon tpop3d[18455]:
> dotfile_lock(/var/spool/mail/d/da/daniel): unable to link hitching post
> to lock file: File exists
> Jun 16 21:13:29 loon tpop3d[18455]:
> dotfile_unlock(/var/spool/mail/d/da/daniel): lockfile does not have our
> Any ideas on this?

Errm. Are you sure that this is an error? This could just
mean that someone else is using the file. For instance,
your MTA might be delivering a message to the spool at the
point where tpop3d tres to lock it.

If they are definitely stale, that shouldn't happen. Is
tpop3d exiting uncleanly? It should clean up its locks
under any circumstances....

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