Detecting open files and forcing closure

Andrew Robert arobert at
Sat Jan 10 04:06:03 CET 2009

MRAB wrote:
> Andrew Robert wrote:
>> Hi Everyone,
>> We have a process that does a copy of a share from one location to
>> another.
>> This usually works fine but can occasionally bomb if a file is opened
>> by a user somewhere.
>> Is there a way to code detection of open files and force a close?
>> The files in question are typically PDF files if that matters.
>> Any pointers you can provide on this would be greatly appreciated.
> If the file is open then an exception will be raised. You could catch
> it, sleep a while, and then retry, or continue with the other files and
> then come back to it and retry. It might take more than one retry.
> Anyway, it's a bad idea to force a close, even if that's possible.

The usual scenario is that a user will leave a PDF open and then go home 
for the evening. They are simply viewing and not modifying the file. 
When the XCOPY executes, it signals a failure and subsequent scheduler 
job abend.

What I need to do is detect if files are open for viewing and force a 
close before the copy operation is attempted.

Sleeping and retrying the copy is not an option because the user will 
likely leave it open all night.

Is there a way to detect the open files and close them out?

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