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Re: Check whether the file is in use by an other user

by wazoox (Prior)
on Jul 30, 2009 at 11:03 UTC ( #784569=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Check whether the file is in use by an other user
in thread Using Win32::OLE and Excel - Tips and Tricks

IIRC Windows locks the file when opened. You may be able to check the file lock state, maybe something like this (I have no windows box to test):

open my $fh, "/some/file" or die "can't open!"; # try/catch file locking eval { flock $fh, 'LOCK_EX' or die "can't lock!" }; if ( $@) { warn "open file!" && exit; }


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Re^2: Check whether the file is in use by an other user
by fish (Novice) on Jul 30, 2009 at 12:42 UTC
    Thanks for your response. I tried your code and it's not bad but not exactly what I expected. Instead of showing an error-message if the file is opened the program waits until the file is getting closed. That is not bad, but kind of useless for my problem.

    I am sure we are pretty near to a solution, so can somebody tell me how it works - please ;)

    Best regards,
    - fish
      See the flock documentation to check the various (and numerous) available flags, there is probably one of them that'll do what you want :) BTW you really should have posted this in its own thread, because it's a problem completely unrelated to the scope of this tutorial.
      For those of you who are interessted in the topic. I solved the problem by myself.

      sysopen(FH, $file, O_WRONLY|O_EXCL) or die $!; works fine for me and it even works if the file is opened via a shared folder.

      Finally I want to apologize for my offtopic-postings. I thougt the "fileInUse"-check would be possible with a Win32::OLE-function and because of that I posted here and did not create a new thread. I hope I will do better in future.

      Best regards from sunny Germany.

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