avoid script running twice

Evan Klitzke evan at yelp.com
Mon Jun 18 19:12:51 CEST 2007

On 6/18/07, Robin Becker <robin at reportlab.com> wrote:
> I wish to prevent a python script from running twice; it's an hourly job, but
> can take too long.
> My simplistic script looks like
> .......
> def main():
>      fn = 'MARKER'
>      if os.path.isfile(fn):
>          log('%s: hourly job running already' % formatTime())
>      else:
>          f = open(fn,'w')
>          f.write(str(os.getpid()))
>          f.close()
>          try:
>             work()
>          finally:
>              os.remove(fn)
> if __name__=='__main__':
>      main()
> but it occurs to me that I might be killed with prejudice during the long
> running work(). Is there a smart way to avoid running simultaneously.

Another method that you can use is to open up a socket on some
predetermined port (presumably above 1024), and then have your program
try to connect to that port and "talk" to the other program to
determine whether or not to run (or whether to do some of the
remaining work, etc.).

Evan Klitzke <evan at yelp.com>

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