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is there an easy workaround (apart from disabling the backup sw)?

You could just keep trying to rename it...

1 until rename $file1, $file2;

Of course, if a file can genuinely never be renamed, this will cause your script to keep trying forever. Better to limit to a finite number of attempts at renaming.

my $attempts; while (not rename $file1, $file2) { $attempts++; die "Could not rename file: $!" if $attempts > 7; sleep $attempts; }
perl -E'sub Monkey::do{say$_,for@_,do{($monkey=[caller(0)]->[3])=~s{::}{ }and$monkey}}"Monkey say"->Monkey::do'

In reply to Re^5: Rename unreliable on Windows by tobyink
in thread Rename unreliable on Windows by elef

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