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.TH open_excl 3
.SH NAME
open_excl \- open a file for exclusive writing
.SH SYNTAX
.B #include <libowfat/open.h>
int \fBopen_excl\fP(const char *\fIfilename\fR);
.SH DESCRIPTION
open_excl opens the file \fIfilename\fR for writing and returns the file
handle. The file may not exist before the call to \fBopen_excl\fR. The
file will be created with mode 0600.
If there was an error creating the file, open_excl returns -1
and sets errno accordingly.
Since open_excl relies on the O_EXCL flag to open, it does not work
reliably over NFS (the NFS protocol is broken) and must be emulated
using a lock file (create a file with a unique file name and link(2) it
to the lock file. Then stat the lock file and see if the link count is
2).
.SH "SEE ALSO"
open(2)