General-Purpose Mail Package
|Official GNU Software|
A stand-alone mailbox-locking utility. It is the default program used
mailutils if the
statement is set to
external (see external locking type).
The program usage syntax is:
# To lock mbox: dotlock options mbox # To unlock it: dotlock -u options mbox
By default the program implements the ‘dotlock’ locking (see dotlock locking type). This can be changed either in the configuration file, or via the command line options.
The following common configuration statements affect the behavior of
|debug||See Debug Statement.|
|locking||See Locking Statement.|
The program understands the following command line options:
Print details of failure reasons to stderr.
If a lock file exists and is more than n minutes old, forcibly remove it and re-lock the mailbox. Default n is 10 minutes.
Check if the PID of lock owner is still active. If not, break the lock.
Number of times to retry acquiring the lock, if it is held by another process. The default is 10 times.
Sets delay in seconds between two successive locking attempts. The default is 1 second.
Unlock the mailbox.
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