file locking...

Nigel Rantor wiggly at
Sun Mar 1 10:59:32 CET 2009

koranthala wrote:
> On Mar 1, 2:28 pm, Nigel Rantor <wig... at> wrote:
>> bruce wrote:
>>> Hi.
>>> Got a bit of a question/issue that I'm trying to resolve. I'm asking
>>> this of a few groups so bear with me.
>>> I'm considering a situation where I have multiple processes running,
>>> and each process is going to access a number of files in a dir. Each
>>> process accesses a unique group of files, and then writes the group
>>> of files to another dir. I can easily handle this by using a form of
>>> locking, where I have the processes lock/read a file and only access
>>> the group of files in the dir based on the  open/free status of the
>>> lockfile.
>>> However, the issue with the approach is that it's somewhat
>>> synchronous. I'm looking for something that might be more
>>> asynchronous/parallel, in that I'd like to have multiple processes
>>> each access a unique group of files from the given dir as fast as
>>> possible.
>> I don't see how this is synchronous if you have a lock per file. Perhaps
>> you've missed something out of your description of your problem.
>>> So.. Any thoughts/pointers/comments would be greatly appreciated. Any
>>>  pointers to academic research, etc.. would be useful.
>> I'm not sure you need academic papers here.
>> One trivial solution to this problem is to have a single process
>> determine the complete set of files that require processing then fork
>> off children, each with a different set of files to process.
>> The parent then just waits for them to finish and does any
>> post-processing required.
>> A more concrete problem statement may of course change the solution...
>>    n
> Using twisted might also be helpful.
> Then you can avoid the problems associated with threading too.

No one mentioned threads.

I can't see how Twisted in this instance isn't like using a sledgehammer 
to crack a nut.


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