lockdev man page

Lockdev is a setgid binary, which provides a reliable way to put an exclusive lock in /var/lock to devices (e.g. ttyS0) using both FSSTND and SVr4 methods, so regular users don't need write access there.

This task is achieved through calls to the liblockdev(3) API.

Synopsis

/usr/sbin/lockdev [<operation>] <device>

Description

The lockdev command can perform one of the following operations (calls to liblockdev(3) API):

-l - lock device with dev_lock() function

-u - unlock device with dev_unlock() function

no operation - test lock with dev_testlock() function

Return Values

Value dev_lock dev_unlock dev_testlock
0 OK OK not locked
1 locked other locked other locked
2 EACCES
3 EROFS
4 EFAULT
5 EINVAL
6 ENAMETOOLONG
7 ENOENT
8 ENOTDIR
9 ENOMEM
10 ELOOP
11 EIO
12 EPERM
255 error error error

See Also

lockdev(3).

Referenced By

lockdev_selinux(8).

SEPTEMBER 2009