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Because you opened the semaphore file for writing, but haven't yet written to it, it's just been erased.

Except that he's never (in the shown code, anyway) writing to the semaphore file. He's using a separate, presumably always-empty, file as the semaphore and is always opening the counter file in read or append... except possibly in writedata.

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In reply to Re2: Mysterious Disapperance of file contents by bbfu
in thread Mysterious Disapperance of file contents by Gorby

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