Douglas Muth on 22 Sep 2009 15:27:22 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] correct way to do this in bash

On Tue, Sep 22, 2009 at 6:19 PM, Mag Gam <> wrote:
> Currently for my research I have a process that writes 24 hours and 5
> days a week.  Its writes to standard out and there is standard error.
> There is a lot of data, close to 300Gb a day therefore I can't lose a
> minute of outage.
> I am capturing daily reports and cutoff is at 8:00AM.
> process > /phys/data/20090922/20090922.crac.out
> 2>/phys/data/20090922/20090922.crac.err.out
> At 7:59AM I kill the process using cron and restart the process at
> 8:00AM everyday for 5 days using cron. I lose 1 min of simulation data
> :-(.
> Is there a clever way to have my process run or restart at 8:00AM
> without cron and no interruption? Or is this the preferred way?

If you need separate logfiles, you could try the multilog program,
which automatically does log rotation:

Cutting off logfiles at 8 AM still may be a challenge, though.

You could also try rolling your own solution with named pipes, and
killing/restarting the process that reads data from the pipes:

...this may cause blocking issues on the program writing to the pipes,
however.  I don't have enough experienced with named pipes to say for

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