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Re: Preventing multiple instances

by Anonymous Monk
on Dec 17, 2020 at 09:03 UTC ( #11125330=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Preventing multiple instances

How can I prevent more than one instance of a script from running?
I use flock -n "$0" true || exit 1 in some of my shell scripts that need locking (i.e. check whether the script itself has an advisory lock on it). The same could be implemented in Perl:
use FindBin qw($Bin $Script); use Fcntl ':flock'; open my $fh, '>>', "$Bin/$Script" or die "open(>>$Bin/$Script): $!"; flock $fh, LOCK_EX|LOCK_NB or die "Another copy seems to be running";
The >> mode may be required depending on how flock is implemented (you may get by with just <). Alternatively, remove |LOCK_NB to make your process wait until it has the lock instead of terminating. Lock is automatically removed when the owning process terminates, so no need to manually unlock anything.

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