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File Access Strategy in a Multi-Threaded Environment (Web App)

    /// <summary>
    /// Blocks until the file is not locked any more.
    /// </summary>
    /// <param name="fullPath"></param>
    bool WaitForFile(string fullPath)
    {
        int numTries = 0;
        while (true)
        {
            ++numTries;
            try
            {
                // Attempt to open the file exclusively.
                using (FileStream fs = new FileStream(fullPath,
                    FileMode.Open, FileAccess.ReadWrite, 
                    FileShare.None, 100))
                {
                    fs.ReadByte();

                    // If we got this far the file is ready
                    break;
                }
            }
            catch (Exception ex)
            {
                Log.LogWarning(
                   "WaitForFile {0} failed to get an exclusive lock: {1}", 
                    fullPath, ex.ToString());

                if (numTries > 10)
                {
                    Log.LogWarning(
                        "WaitForFile {0} giving up after 10 tries", 
                        fullPath);
                    return false;
                }

                // Wait for the lock to be released
                System.Threading.Thread.Sleep(500);
            }
        }

        Log.LogTrace("WaitForFile {0} returning true after {1} tries",
            fullPath, numTries);
        return true;
    }

Tags: asp.net file-io multithreading caching web-applications

Source: By Rob Cooper as answer to the question

This code snippet was collected from stackoverflow, and is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.5


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