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Re: Ensuring only one copy of a perl script is running at a time

by Skeeve (Vicar)
on Dec 19, 2006 at 16:28 UTC ( #590695=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Ensuring only one copy of a perl script is running at a time

If I can't use flock or a module, I usually go to create a "Semaphore" file, meaning, I define a filename and location and create a 0 byte file there. When the program starts, it tries to rename the file to some temporary name. If this succeeds, the program may run. If not, I retry or bail out.

the file has to be re-renamed when the program is done.

this algorithm assumes that file renaming is an atomic process, meaning that it can't be interrupted by the system and that a program, which renamed the file, really did so.


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