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Bash flock example
# Bash `flock` example.
# Works on: Linux, BSD
# Doesn't work on: MacOS
# The file which represent the lock.
LOCKFILE="`basename $0`.lock"
# Timeout in seconds.
# Create the lockfile.
# Create a file descriptor over the given lockfile.
exec {FD}<>$LOCKFILE
# Try to lock the file descriptor $FD during $TIMEOUT seconds.
# If it failsm exit with an error.
# Otherwise, the lock is acquired and implicitely droped at the end of the script.
if ! flock -x -w $TIMEOUT $FD; then
echo "Failed to obtain a lock within $TIMEOUT seconds"
echo "Another instance of `basename $0` is probably running."
exit 1
echo "Lock acquired"
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ValentinQUEQUET commented Sep 17, 2017


I very much wonder where you found in the docs the syntax and semantics for the following stanza:
exec {FD}<>$LOCKFILE

This seems un{,der}documented in 'exec' builtin command.

Please, don't hesitate to link to redirection operators, to "{3..8}" sequence expansion ( why just {FD} ? ), and to builtin 'exec' redirection syntax reference/docs , and tell us why " {FD} " means bash must assign to variable named 'FD' the following gained file descriptor.
excerpt : exec: exec [-cl] [-a nom] [commande [arguments ...]] [redirection ...]

Could you light up our candle?

Yours, Kindly,


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valp124 commented Feb 5, 2020

Stumbled upon this by accident. Here's the answer to the question:

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