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This repository is part of the Joyent Triton project. See the contribution guidelines -- Triton does not use GitHub PRs -- and general documentation at the main Triton project page.

A trivial wrapper around flock(3C) and fcntl(F_SETLKW). The provided interfaces presently allow a synchronous or asynchronous call to get a whole-file, exclusive, advisory write lock on a file, or to block until one is possible. The flock() wrappers additionally allow acquiring a shared lock.

This module has been crafted specifically to work on SmartOS, and may not work anywhere else. The flock functions manipulate Open File Description (OFD) style advisory locks, while the lockfd family of functions manipulate POSIX-style advisory locks. Please see the FILE LOCKING section of fcntl(2) for more details on the locking semantics of each style. In general, the lock will be released when either the file descriptor is closed, or the process exits. The manual page contains information on exceptions to this behaviour.

Note that flock() was added to libc in SmartOS in the 20150219 release, so building and running on older platforms will fail.


lockfd(fd, callback)

Will attempt to lock the open file descriptor fd as described above. Once the lock is acquired, or an error condition manifests, callback(err) will be called.


Synchronous version of lockfd(fd).

flock(fd, op, callback)

This will call flock(3C) and perform the specified operation, which is a bitwise inclusive OR of LOCK_SH, LOCK_EX, LOCK_UN, and LOCK_NB. These constants are exported with this module for convenience. Once the operation completes, the callback will be invoked.

flockSync(fd, op, callback)

Synchronous version of flock(fd, op).


var mod_fs = require('fs');
var mod_lockfd = require('lockfd');
var fd = mod_fs.openSync('/tmp/.lockfile', 'r+');
console.error('open fd %d', fd);
console.error('locking file...');
 * Do work...

Using OFD-style locking:

var mod_fs = require('fs');
var mod_lockfd = require('lockfd');
var lockfileA = mod_fs.openSync('/tmp/.lockfile', 'r+');
var lockfileB = mod_fs.openSync('/tmp/.lockfile', 'r+');
console.error('opened fds %d and %d', lockfileA, lockfileB);
mod_lockfd.flock(lockfileA, mod_lockfd.LOCK_EX, function (err) {
    if (err) {
        throw err;
    doSomeWork(function () {
        mod_lockfd.flockSync(lockfileA, mod_lockfd.LOCK_UN);
mod_lockfd.flock(lockfileB, mod_lockfd.LOCK_EX, function (err) {
    if (err) {
        throw err;
    doConflictingWork(function () {
        mod_lockfd.flockSync(lockfileB, mod_lockfd.LOCK_UN);


make clean all test CTFCONVERT=/bin/true CTFMERGE=/bin/true