GPL-2.0-or-later AND BSD-3-Clause licensed
Maintained by Oleg Grenrus
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Used by 2 packages in nightly-2024-02-22(full list with versions):

This package provides access to platform dependent file locking APIs:

  • Open file descriptor locking on Linux (Lukko.OFD)

  • BSD-style flock(2) locks on UNIX platforms (Lukko.FLock)

  • Windows locking via LockFileEx (Lukko.Windows)

  • No-op locking, which throws exceptions (Lukko.NoOp)

  • Lukko module exports the best option for the target platform with uniform API.

There are alternative file locking packages:

  • GHC.IO.Handle.Lock in base >= 4.10 is good enough for most use cases. However, uses only Handles so these locks cannot be used for intra-process locking. (You should use e.g. MVar in addition).

  • filelock doesn't support OFD locking.

Lukko means lock in Finnish.

Submodules Lukko.OFD, Lukko.Windows etc are available based on following conditions.

if os(windows)
  cpp-options: -DHAS_WINDOWS_LOCK

elif (os(linux) && flag(ofd-locking))
  cpp-options: -DHAS_OFD_LOCKING
  cpp-options: -DHAS_FLOCK

elif !(os(solaris) || os(aix))
  cpp-options: -DHAS_FLOCK

Lukko.FLock is available on not (Windows or Solaris or AIX). Lukko.NoOp is always available.


  • Use CApiFFI to call varargs C functions.
  • Define let alignment only when needed.

  • Make Win32 code more idiomatic

  • Add proper Setup.hs


  • Add Setup.hs to sdist
  • Add type-level FileLockingSupported