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waitpid function

Wait for a particular child process to die

    waitpid PID,FLAGS

Waits for a particular child process to terminate and returns the pid of the deceased process, or -1 if there is no such child process. The status is returned in $?. If you say

    use POSIX ":sys_wait_h";
    #...
    waitpid(-1,&WNOHANG);

then you can do a non-blocking wait for any process. Non-blocking wait is available on machines supporting either the waitpid(2) or wait4(2) system calls. However, waiting for a particular pid with FLAGS of 0 is implemented everywhere. (Perl emulates the system call by remembering the status values of processes that have exited but have not been harvested by the Perl script yet.)

See the perlipc manpage for other examples.

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