C Process Handling

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March 15, 2011
C Forking Made Easy
By Bryan Young
Arguably one of the more advanced undertakings in the C language is process handling.

This is a tricky subject that requires a good grasp on the language and a deep understanding of the underlying operating system. Well I am here to tell you that it is nothing to fear and you can master the art of branching processes with just a little practice.

The bread and butter of C process handling comes from two OS level functions, fork() and wait(), the prior to split a process and the latter to bring it back together. Let us first look at a simple example to get started with.

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