Opening a File to Read (Allready Open By Another Program)
Posted on 2003-11-13
I am reading files from a directory , the files in this directory are being generated by another program (not written by me), I do not know what language it is written in. (but the program is pretty old)
This other program refreshes the same file name with new data, approx every 20 seconds.
The problem i am having is.. My vb program opens the file for input, reads the data and then closes. If i am in the middle of reading the file and the other program tries to rewrite the file, the other program bombs out with a system error.
Have tried.. renaming,copying etc (everything!!) .. the file i need, but still strike the problem.
Am thinking i will have to look at the time of the file and calculate the safest time to read the file????
Is there any other way of overcoming the problem., other than the above idea
Appreciate any ideas!!!