[Fwd: Output of fcron job: '/usr/bin/render-blfs-book.sh']

Bruce Dubbs bdubbs at swbell.net
Sun Aug 22 10:36:03 PDT 2004

Gerard Beekmans wrote:

>On Sun, 2004-08-22 at 08:42, Bruce Dubbs wrote:
>>This is not a critical error, but we are getting into some kind of race 
>>condition with cron scripts.  My script runs at 0130 and normally takes 
>>about 20 minutes to build blfs.  Last night, it took 39 minutes and some 
>>other script was in the process of changing something on 
>>blfs/downloads/cvs and had not changed the permissions back yet.  The 
>>permissions are correct now, but my script failed to update the tar'ed 
>>blfs book.
>>What can we do to coordinate these scripts better?
>The race condition would be due to the website update script -- it
>touches upon all of the /home/httpd/www.linuxfromscratch.org directory.
>It runs at 02:00 server time.
>How we can prevent this? If you look at the /usr/bin/render-lfs-book.sh
>script you will notice it creates a lockfile to make sure if the script
>is run again by something/somebody it won't try to generate the book
>twice or more times which wastes CPU and will cause their own set of
>race conditions.
>We should probably have all of our scripts that somehow update files in
>the website look for the various lock files. In particular, the
>run-update-website.sh script should not run if render-lfs-book,
>blfs-book, *edguide, etc. are running. The website script would go into
>a loop (like the lfs-render script. It'll sleep for 10 minutes and try
>again) until there isn't anything running that would interfere with its
>operation. Likewise, then the website script is running it creates its
>own lockfile (even if it's in a loop waiting for something else) and the
>render-*lfs scripts should not attempt to run if the website area is
>This isn't hard to implement, it just has to be coordinated with the
>website team. Anderson in particular takes care of these usual script
>issues. I have CCed the website list on this email.

OK.  I've made three changes.  The blfs-render-book now runs at 0115 and 
I implemented the LOCKFILE as
/tmp/render-blfs-book-in-progress.  The blfs-edguide does not now run 
from cron, but I put in a LOCKFILE anyway as 

  -- Bruce

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