file locking...

Lawrence D'Oliveiro ldo at geek-central.gen.new_zealand
Mon Mar 2 09:29:26 CET 2009

In message <mailman.1004.1235929208.11746.python-list at>, bruce 

> using any kind of file locking process requires that i essentially have a
> gatekeeper, allowing a single process to enter, access the files at a
> time...

The gatekeeper doesn't need to do any more than ensure that any particular 
filename is only locked by a maximum of one process at a time.

Given that interprocess communication (and consequent context-switching) is 
going to be orders of magnitude faster than accessing disk files, there's no 
a-priori reason to assume that this need be a performance bottleneck.

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