dotlock.mailutils(1) lock mail spool files.


dotlock.mailutils [,OPTION/...] ,FILE/


GNU dotlock -- lock mail spool files.
-d, --debug
print details of failure reasons to stderr
-f, --force[=,MINUTES/]
forcibly break an existing lock older than a certain time
-r, --retry[=,RETRIES/]
retry the lock a few times
-u, --unlock
Common options
--config-file=,FILE/, --rcfile=,FILE/
load this configuration file
show configuration file summary
--config-lint, --rcfile-lint
check configuration file syntax and exit
--config-verbose, --rcfile-verbose
verbosely log parsing of the configuration files
--no-site-config, --no-site-rcfile
do not load site configuration file
--no-user-config, --no-user-rcfile
do not load user configuration file
set configuration parameter
show compilation options
Global debugging settings
set Mailutils debugging level
show source info with debugging messages
-?, --help
give this help list
give a short usage message
-V, --version
print program version

Mandatory or optional arguments to long options are also mandatory or optional for any corresponding short options.

Returns 0 on success, 3 if locking the file fails because it's already locked, and 1 if some other kind of error occurred.


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