Re: How to rate limit processes started by incron?

From: Matthew Miller <>
Date: Tue, 11 May 2010 14:37:58 -0400

On Tue, May 11, 2010 at 08:21:07PM +0200, Christoph Sievers wrote:
> if I wanted to scp each file that is written within a certain
> directory I'd use an incrontab line like
> /home/sync/ IN_CLOSE_WRITE /usr/bin/scp $@$# sync_at_anotherhost
> I'm also using SSH ControlMaster so that I do not open more than one
> ssh connection (the Master is opened by Autossh beforehand).
> Problem:
> Unfortunately someone copies 30 thousand files to /home/sync which
> results in a lot of processes and a lot of things go wrong then. How
> do I can I solve this?

Use IN_NO_LOOP. This will fire one process and not do it again until that
one exits. Have your script loop until there's nothing more to do.

There's a minor race condition -- a file could be written after the process
last checks and the next one is fired. If events happen frequently enough,
that should't be a problem in practical use. (The next run will get it.)

Matthew Miller           blocked-address          <>
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