Re: Cron - any advanced options?
Thats a pretty good idea. But I was thinking of an option like the one in Fcron. Fcron doesn't allow to start the process if it's already running (started by fcron). So I guess there should be a similar option in crontab too.
On Thu, Apr 23, 2009 at 1:59 PM, Dave Ewart <email@example.com>
Don't make it cron's responsibility to check whether the script is
On Thursday, 23.04.2009 at 13:42 +0530, Kurian Thayil wrote:
> I have 3 cron jobs enabled and all are relating to RSYNC. Now, all of these
> scripts are run once in every 7 minutes all day. The problem occurs when the
> scripts doesn't finish to execute in 7 minutes. This will result in starting
> execution of the same script again and this will malfunction the setup.
> Is there an option in CRON, which always check if CRON has started the
> process and is already running? Cron should execute the script only if the
> the process isn't running already. Any hints on this?
already running. Make it the *scripts's* responsibility.
For example, the script should create a marker file (or similar) when it
runs, deleting the marker file upon completion. The *first* thing the
script should do is check for the existence of the marker file and, if
it exists, then another instance of the script is already running; you
can then terminate the script at that point.
e.g. (partly bash, partly pseudo-code, completely untested)
if [ -e $MARKER ]; then
echo Script already running
[... real script here ...]
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