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[error] (26)Text file busy

by johns (Initiate)
on Aug 17, 2002 at 17:08 UTC ( #190889=perlquestion: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??
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Apache (Unix) log file reports the following error: error (26)Text file busy: exec of /virtuals/htdocs/cgi-bin/1.pl failed This error does not always occur (1 in ~6 runs). Can anyone tell me why this error happens please? The perl code, 1.pl, sorts a directory listing (demo) every 25s and is:
#!/usr/bin/perl -w use warnings; use strict; my ($logdir) = '../demo'; opendir LOGDIR, $logdir or die "Cannot open $logdir: $!"; my @fileList = grep !/^\./, readdir(LOGDIR); closedir LOGDIR; my @unsorted = map { [ $_, (stat "$logdir/$_")[7,9] ] } @fileList; my @sorted = sort { $a->[2] <=> $b->[2] } @unsorted; print "content-type:text/html\n\n"; print <<"HTML code"; <html> <head> <META HTTP-EQUIV=REFRESH CONTENT="25"> <title></title> </head> <body bgcolor="#FFFFFF"> <center> <a href="2.pl?image=$sorted[-2][0]">$sorted[-2][0]<br></a> </p> <table width="100%"> <tr> <td align="center" bgcolor="#CCCCFF"> <p class="small"> <font size="2">Some Text</font> </p> </td> </tr> </table> </center> </body> HTML code 1;

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Re: [error] (26)Text file busy
by Anonymous Monk on Apr 22, 2009 at 21:50 UTC
    I had the same arror but under different circumstances. My script would work fine on the CLI but in a browswer it would fail with a blank page. The entire response was empty, the server would simply close the connection. I was editing the scripts on my local machine and then FTPing the files to the server. Restarting the FTP service on the remote box solved it for me.
      thank you it works. ps aux to see which are FTP processes kill process_number of FTP server then reconnect...
Re: [error] (26)Text file busy
by ikegami (Pope) on Apr 23, 2009 at 00:02 UTC

    That error comes from the OS.

    $ perl -wle'$!=26; print $!' Text file busy

    From man 2 execve,

    ETXTBSY
    Executable was open for writing by one or more processes.

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