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A script that restarts itself repeatedly

Ray Paseur
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Last Modified: 2012-05-08
I have a queue of work from external sources, and I need to regulate the speed with which units of work are released from the queue (lots of work comes in overnight, and I want to avoid dumping it all into the workplace at once).  

The strategy I've been trying includes a "qManager" that releases one work unit, then sleeps for 20 seconds, then restarts itself by using CURL to its own URL.  However I am finding that the CURL process hangs up waiting for the restarted task to end if I use GET and returns FALSE if I use POST.

What is a good way to (1) restart the qManager and (2) get a signal back that it restarted successfully, without waiting until the end of the restarted script?

Thanks and regards, ~Ray
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