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Hung process, Net::Ftp

I have a robot which is run, via cron, every 15 minutes.  It uses Net::Ftp to connect and download some file from a Ftp server...  The problem is that this service is not 100% reliable.  Sometimes I can't connect, but this is handeled by the Timeout option which I have explicilty set to 20 (Timeout => 20) but this only applies to a connection.  Once I have a valied connection it no longer applies and thats when my problems start...

Sometimes I my be logged in, do an ls and never get a response yet the connection is still alive.  When this happens the whole script hangs.  The real problem is that after about 3-4 days Cron has so many quequed processes that it begins to ingnore or kill off jobs at random and at that point I'm %^%$^%$^%.  Any ideas...?  Something clean.  I already have a shell script that goes in and kills the hung processes but that is dirty and ugly and not the solution.
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guadalupe
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jyu_88Commented:
you can do a timeout in your script taking advantage of an 'alarm' function. 'alarm $timeout' will deliver an ALRM signal to your PERL  process after $timeout seconds , then your own handler can quit out the perl script gracefully. The example in 'perlfunc' manpage is easy enough to follow.                  
eval {
     local $SIG{ALRM} = sub { die "alarm\n" }; # NB: \n required
     alarm $timeout;
     $nread = sysread SOCKET, $buffer, $size;
     alarm 0;
};
if ($@) {
      die unless $@ eq "alarm\n";  
      # propagate unexpected errors
      # timed out
}
else {
     # didn't
}

If you have some means with the remote FTP server admin, you can request them to set 'stalk timeout'. The latter is avaiable for some FTP servers, such as proFTPd.
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guadalupeAuthor Commented:
Thanks that did the trick!!
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