- I am writing some perl scripts that need to open large files, that are
being updated every minute by another continually running process. I
actually only need a relatively small portion of the data (perhaps 100k of
2m), but it can take a while to retrieve. Is there any danger of losing
data if I have one of those files open (by creating a filehandle using
perl's "open" function) when the other process goes to update that file? I
will never need data at the end of the file (its in there by date, and I'll
never need today's data) so I don't need to try to seek() to the end of the
file or anything like that.
Scott Knight, Network Analyst - SSM Health Care, Information Center
email: scott_knight@... + phone: 314.644.7344 + fax: 314.647.1037
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