|Perl Monk, Perl Meditation
i agree that it is badly formatted and makes little sense. it is a can of worms which needs to be rewritten. but you know what they say - if it ain't broken don't fix it. it is supposed to look for a file and create it with permissions 666 if it does not exist. then read the number written inside, then increment the number and then write the number to the file. all this while other users may be trying to do the same thing. at the moment i have to create the file myself if it does not exist and set the permissions to 666. without sending you the entire script i do not know how to comply with your request. i have received the help i requested and i thank you for that.