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Drupal 8 Module Development by Daniel Sipos

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Lock API

Whenever we process data on a regular basis, especially if it takes a while to complete, we might run into a situation in which parallel requests want to trigger that process again--while the first is still running. Most of the time, this is not a good thing, as it can lead to conflicts and/or data corruption. A good example from Drupal core in which this can happen is the cron. If we start it, the process can end up taking a few good seconds. Remember, it needs to pull together the hook_cron() implementations and run them all. So while that is happening, if we trigger another cron run, it will give us a nice message asking us to chill because the cron is already running. It does this with the help of the Lock API.

The Lock API is ...

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