RFE: Lockfile option for use in cronjobs

Dag Wieers dag at wieers.com
Thu Apr 10 10:46:48 GMT 2008

On Thu, 10 Apr 2008, Dag Wieers wrote:

> On Wed, 2 Apr 2008, Matt McCutchen wrote:
>> On Mon, 2008-03-31 at 11:43 +0200, Dag Wieers wrote:
>>> Looking for an easy way to prevent a repetitive rsync to be running
>>> multiple times, I was wondering if it could be useful to have an option
>>> like:
>>>  	--pidfile /some/path/rsync-mirror-org.pid
>>> So that rsync can be run directly from cron without requiring a wrapper
>>> script to do pidfile handling.
>>> This way rsync on startup could check the pid-file, see if another rsync
>>> is using this pid, and bail out with an error if it is. Otherwise clean up
>>> the stale pidfile and continue.
>>> I think this would be very useful to instruct mirrors how to configure it,
>>> rather than providing some script that needs local customizations.
>> I'm not convinced that a pidfile is better implemented in rsync than in
>> a wrapper script, which could be distributed in support/ of the source
>> tree.  If you don't care about actually having the pid in the file, you
>> could use the flock(1) utility, which executes a command while holding a
>> flock(2) lock on a specified file:
>> flock --nonblock /some/path/rsync-mirror-org.lock rsync ...
>> If the process goes away, the lock will too, so no manual cleanup of
>> stale locks is needed.
> The flock utility is great. I learn something new everyday :)

Just noticed that the flock utility is fairly recent (since util-linux 
2.13) which means that on most systems you do not have it.

For RHEL that means only available since RHEL5 :-(

That could be one of the reasons to have it as part of rsync (to 
facilitate the distribution of a cron-job or simply make sure your mirrors 
are using best practices without too much complexity).

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