Stack Overflow has several examples where a function obtains an upgradeable lock first and then obtains exclusive access by upgrading. My understanding is that this can cause deadlocks if not used carefully since two threads may both obtain the upgradeable/shared lock and then both attempt to upgrade, at which point neither can proceed because the other has a shared lock.
What I want is to obtain the exclusive lock first and then downgrade to a shared lock without releasing the lock completely. I cannot find an example of this. Any ideas?