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FORK(3am)                  GNU Awk Extension Modules                 FORK(3am)


       fork, wait, waitpid - basic process management


       @load "fork"

       pid = fork()

       ret = waitpid(pid)

       ret = wait();


       The fork extension adds three functions, as follows.

       fork(3) This  function  creates  a  new process. The return value is the
              zero in the child and the process-id number of the child in  the
              parent,  or  -1  upon error. In the latter case, ERRNO indicates
              the problem.  In the child, PROCINFO["pid"] and PROCINFO["ppid"]
              are updated to reflect the correct values.

              This  function takes a numeric argument, which is the process-id
              to wait for. The return value is that of the  waitpid(2)  system

       wait() This  function  waits  for  the  first child to die.  The return
              value is that of the wait(2) system call.


       There is no corresponding exec() function.

       The interfaces could be enhanced to provide more facilities,  including
       pulling out the various bits of the return status.


       @load "fork"
       if ((pid = fork()) == 0)
           print "hello from the child"
           print "hello from the parent"


       GAWK:   Effective   AWK   Programming,   filefuncs(3),  fnmatch(3),
       inplace(3), ordchr(3), readdir(3), readfile(3), revoutput(3),
       rwarray(3), time(3).

       fork(3), wait(2), waitpid(2).


       Arnold Robbins,


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