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#include "cache.h"
#include "sigchain.h"
+/*
+ * File write-locks as used by Git.
+ *
+ * For an overview of how to use the lockfile API, please see
+ *
+ * Documentation/technical/api-lockfile.txt
+ *
+ * This module keeps track of all locked files in lock_file_list for
+ * use at cleanup. This list and the lock_file objects that comprise
+ * it must be kept in self-consistent states at all time, because the
+ * program can be interrupted any time by a signal, in which case the
+ * signal handler will walk through the list attempting to clean up
+ * any open lock files.
+ *
+ * A lockfile is owned by the process that created it. The lock_file
+ * object has an "owner" field that records its owner. This field is
+ * used to prevent a forked process from closing a lockfile created by
+ * its parent.
+ *
+ * A lock_file object can be in several states:
+ *
+ * - Uninitialized. In this state the object's on_list field must be
+ * zero but the rest of its contents need not be initialized. As
+ * soon as the object is used in any way, it is irrevocably
+ * registered in the lock_file_list, and on_list is set.
+ *
+ * - Locked, lockfile open (after hold_lock_file_for_update(),
+ * hold_lock_file_for_append(), or reopen_lock_file()). In this
+ * state, the lockfile exists, filename holds the filename of the
+ * lockfile, fd holds a file descriptor open for writing to the
+ * lockfile, and owner holds the PID of the process that locked the
+ * file.
+ *
+ * - Locked, lockfile closed (after close_lock_file()). Same as the
+ * previous state, except that the lockfile is closed and fd is -1.
+ *
+ * - Unlocked (after commit_lock_file(), rollback_lock_file(), or a
+ * failed attempt to lock). In this state, filename[0] == '\0' and
+ * fd is -1. The object is left registered in the lock_file_list,
+ * and on_list is set.
+ */
+
static struct lock_file *lock_file_list;
static void remove_lock_file(void)