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Checking if a file is closed?

Checking if a file is closed?

Checking if a file is closed?

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I am writing a perl script to scan directories for log files produced by different programs and add the contents of these logfiles to a database ( then delete the logfile). These log files are created while the program executes and closed when the program exits, so these files can be open for a few minutes.

My problem is skipping files that are being created to avoid reading incomplete files.

Will PERL read a log file while it is beeing created?
How could I check if the logfile is closed?

Any advice would be very helpfull.

Thierry

RE: Checking if a file is closed?

Thierry,

You could try and flock() the file to see if the creating process still has it open.

You should, though, be aware that some programs open and close a log file each time it is written.


Mike
michael.j.lacey@ntlworld.com

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