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Re: [autoconf] AmigaOS fork()

From: Eric Siegerman
Subject: Re: [autoconf] AmigaOS fork()
Date: Wed, 13 Jun 2001 17:27:35 -0400
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On Tue, Jun 12, 2001 at 02:17:32PM -0700, Paul Eggert wrote:
> > From: Eric Siegerman <address@hidden>
> > Date: Tue, 12 Jun 2001 15:02:58 -0400
> > 
> > you can get away with:
> >     #define a       b
> > (or the equivalent using true functions) only if a()'s behaviour
> > is a strict subset of b()'s.  That's not the case with
> > fork/vfork, in either direction.
> But it is true for 'vfork' if you use vfork portably.

I earlier quoted a document which states that doing so is
difficult in practice, "especially in high-level languages".  (I
won't reiterate the rest of the quote, just the reference:

If this is out to lunch, please tell me, and I'll shut up about
it!  If it's correct, though, it's a strong argument against
using vfork in place of fork in code which is intended to be


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