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Can Demonstrate simple fork()


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Jan 22, 2003, 2:30 AM

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Can Demonstrate simple fork() Can't Post

I've been programming in Perl for a while now, but just recently have had the reason to use fork(). I have gone to quiet a few sites, and poured through the multiple books I have on Perl, but just can't get this into my thick skull. I learn by seeing and reversing code (usually).

Anyway, my request. A simple program that would do basically this:

Start a parent, print [Parent]

fork/start child process print [Child]

the child process would sleep for 10 seconds then assign $i =1;

while the child is sleeping, the parent would print "waiting\n";sleep 1; (so i would get 10 "waiting" messages

once $i is assigned 1, child would print [Child End]

parent would print [Parent End]

I apologize if this comes off as a little trivial, but I have been banging my head, fighting zombies, and trying to understand significances of waitpid for about 3 days now. Anyway, any help would be greatly appreciated as I would be able to work through how fork goes through the motions with a simple program like listed above.


Jan 24, 2003, 8:50 AM

Post #2 of 3 (3144 views)
Re: [auximage] Can Demonstrate simple fork() [In reply to] Can't Post

Something like this perhaps:


use strict;
use warnings;
use POSIX ':sys_wait_h';

if (fork) {
# parent
print "[Parent]\n";
until (waitpid(-1, &WNOHANG)) {
print "waiting...\n";
sleep 1;
print "[Parent End]\n";
} else {
# child
print "[Child]\n";
sleep 10;
my $i = 1;
print "[Child End]\n";

Dave Cross, Perl Hacker, Trainer and Writer
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Jan 24, 2003, 11:18 AM

Post #3 of 3 (3142 views)
Re: [davorg] Can Demonstrate simple fork() [In reply to] Can't Post

A million + 1 thanks to you.

I see that I am going to have to dig a little deeper to understand signal handling.

Again, I can not thank you enough..!!!


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