I'm developing an application (Java & JavaFX) that writes/reads data (a file). The problem is I don't want to restrict user to run only one instance (of my app) at a time, as I really can't think of reliable way of doing that so it works on both Windows and Linuxes (e.g. server), heard of sockets and files - both are defective IMO. As user is able to run multiple instances, writing/reading data (from a file) seems really messy, because there's no guarantee that file locking will work reliably on Windows and Linuxes (FileLock documentation - click here).
To sum up: I can't restrict multiple instances of my app, but that leads to problem with writing/reading data (from a file).
Is there anything I missed? Maybe there's some other way to solve my problem I can't think of? How the "big" popular programs handle that?