Doh! Stupid Programming Mistakes <humor>

Doran Barton fozz at iodynamics.com
Thu Oct 19 12:45:52 MDT 2006


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Alex Esplin wrote:
> Now that I know what fork() does, what kind of situations would you
> want to use it in?  I can see this as being really useful, but I don't
> quite have my head wrapped around it yet.

Unix is highly dependent on fork() to do just about anything. When you make a
system() call in a program, it fork()'s and then exec()'s the other program.

Multitasking is all about the fork starting with init (PID 1).

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