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How do I know if a file is used by another process?

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Contributed by Anonymous Monk on Jul 13, 2000 at 13:02 UTC
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Answer: How do I know if a file is used by another process?
contributed by nardo

If you're only worried about multiple copies of your program accessing the same file, you can use file locking perldoc -f flock, otherwise you could parse the output of lsof (assuming lsof is installed on your machine).

Answer: How do I know if a file is used by another process?
contributed by dempa

Maybe non-generic answers sucks, but anyway, if you should happen to be on a Solaris box, you could always use the command "fuser". I dunno in which release of Solaris it was introduced, but it's present in 2.6, 7 and 8.

Answer: How do I know if a file is used by another process?
contributed by lindex

I had a post about this a while ago here

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