remove-source-files checking for open files?

Roy Sigurd Karlsbakk roy at
Wed Jun 3 17:26:42 GMT 2009

On 3. juni. 2009, at 18.16, Paul Slootman wrote:

> On Wed 03 Jun 2009, Roy Sigurd Karlsbakk wrote:
>>> I would solve this not using rsync, but by writing the active file  
>>> in a
>>> separate directory, or by first writing to a special filename and
>>> renaming when done (like firefox adds .part to the filename while it
>>> is
>>> still downloading it).
>> Why not just something like --ignore-open-files?
> Because checking whether a process has a file open can be very  
> costly in
> system resources.

Not really. I'm writing some code doing this now. It will be Linux  
specific, but it will be fairly quick. Traversing /proc/pid/fd in  
search for symlinks to your file isn't really that bad. I'll post the  
code when I'm done with it.

Roy Sigurd Karlsbakk
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