Locking Files - Can I Do It?

Hello!

Imagine I have a file containing some data.  A CGI script is called and that data is edited.  The seqence is like this:-

     Script Called
     Opens File
     Reads Data
     Close File
     Proccess Data With CGI Inputs
     Opens File
     Overwrites With New Data
     Close File

Here's the problem.  The proccessing takes a little while.  It is possible that another instance of the script could be called during this time, which would of course mess it up (as part of the data is an incrementing value - and yes, I do need to keep it as one file).

Does anyone know of any way in Perl to "lock" a file so no other script can access it while the other is running and proccessing it?  It is essential that the other script will wait for the file to be available to, not just dump the proccessing!  :-)

Any ideas please?  It may be simple.....may be not!  By the way, I believe my web server runs some version of UNIX or Linux - but I could do with it to be fairly cross-platform.  I'm not bothered whether it works under Windows really though.....

Thanks a lot!

Jonathan
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amandeepCommented:
jwcs,

Yes if another script requests "open" for the locked file, it will wait. But it totally depends how u locked it.

If u see the perldoc for flock, u will find the details. By defailt it waits.

Hope this helps
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amandeepCommented:
jwcs,

see perldoc -f flock
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rag2000Commented:
yes, flock is the answer
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jwcsAuthor Commented:
Hi!

Thanks - that looks to be what I am after.  However, there's one thing I do need to check - that is what happens if the file is locked and another script tries to access it.  Will "open" simply wait until the file is unlocked?  Or have I missed something?

Thanks again!

Jonathan
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jwcsAuthor Commented:
Hi!

Thanks - that looks to be what I am after.  However, there's one thing I do need to check - that is what happens if the file is locked and another script tries to access it.  Will "open" simply wait until the file is unlocked?  Or have I missed something?

Thanks again!

Jonathan
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ozoCommented:
No, open will not wait.
When the other script tries to flock the same file the flock will wait until the first script unlocks the file.
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