Archive for October 19th, 2010

Avoid race condition for file creation

race condition in the common lock on file? – Stack Overflow.

A possible solution to this is to use IO redirection and bash’s noclobber mode, which won’t redirect to an existing file. We can use something similar to:

if ( set -o noclobber; echo "$$" > "$lockfile") 2> /dev/null;
   # BK: this will cause the lock file to be deleted in case of other exit
   trap 'rm -f "$lockfile"; exit $?' INT TERM EXIT

   # critical-section BK: (the protected bit)

   rm -f "$lockfile"
   trap - INT TERM EXIT
   echo "Failed to acquire lockfile: $lockfile."
   echo "Held by $(cat $lockfile)"