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File Locks

In Java, we will use the java.nio.channels.FileLock class to demonstrate how to use it as a mutex that protects a critical section; this time around, only a single process can be inside said critical section:

import java.nio.channels.FileChannel;
import java.nio.channels.FileLock;
import java.nio.file.FileSystems;
import java.nio.file.Path;
import static java.nio.file.StandardOpenOption.*;
public class Main {
public static void main(String args[]) throws Exception {
final Path lockPath =
final String processID =
try (final FileLock lock =, WRITE, CREATE).lock()) {
System.out.println(processID + " acquired the lock");
Thread.sleep(1000); // simulates other work being done
System.out.println(processID + " is releasing the lock");
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