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I've run into the problem where multiple script processes writing to a log file at the same time can interfere with one another. That is, file writes using FileWriteLine are not atomic, so a line of text from one process can have fragments of text from other processes mixed in with it. Exclusive file-locking should take care of the problem.

Looking through the standard UDFs, I see that _WinAPI_LockFile is available, but according to the MSDN documentation it doesn't block - it returns immediately if the lock can't be obtained - and there doesn't seem to be a UDF for the LockFileEx function. I considered writing my own UDF for LockFileEx, but some aspects (e.g., creating the OVERLAPPED structure and its members) look too complex for the amount of time I have available. I think approximating LockFileEx using LockFile could solve my problem, but I'd like to keep it simple while still working reliably. I'm not confident that (e.g.) a simple retry loop to simulate blocking will be adequate.

Any suggestions for a simple way to achieve exclusive file-locking with blocking?

Edited by tremolux66
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