Aside Was Re: HEADS UP - major structure size changes in HEAD

jan.grant at jan.grant at
Fri Jun 11 04:07:45 PDT 2010

[this is a complete aside]

On Wed, 9 Jun 2010, Aggelos Economopoulos wrote:

> I fully agree that tokens are a more convenient API than, say, lockmgr locks,

For what it's worth, let me second this: providing you understand the 
approach, they're astonishingly convenient.

I've got a largish deployment and configuration-management system that's 
largely built out of straightforward unix scripts here at work; I 
occasionally need some mutual exclusion in it (I _have_ actually been 
bitten by race conditions when multiple sets of scripts were executed at 
the same time).

As luck would have it, Matt gave the original description of his token 
idea at about the time I was casting around for a cheap solution that 
would let my users write their own locked scripts using something that 
wasn't overly difficult to use. I knocked up an implementation and we've 
been happily using it ever since :-)

jan grant, ISYS, University of Bristol.
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