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Re: lynx-dev lynx: generates too many processes?

From: dickey
Subject: Re: lynx-dev lynx: generates too many processes?
Date: Fri, 2 Oct 1998 18:33:51 -0400 (EDT)

> Defunct processes are processes which have forked, subsequently exited, 
> but which were not waited for by the parent.  There are definite 
> opportunities for this to happen in the NSL_FORK code. 
also, if he does a lot of mailcap stuff - there's some subprocess stuff
there.  (But NSL_FORK can definitely do it if we're not handling the
wait properly).

> `truss` is a program on some flavors of Unix (Solaris 2.x, for one) 
> which traces system call activity.  If you really meant "SunOS" 
> ("Solaris 1.x"), you might need a different program.  Try `trace`, 
> `strace`, or `apropos trace` (or someone here can supply the name?)  The 

strace is nice - there's a copy on sunsite under the Linux tree 

> "-o" (write the trace to the following filename) option might also be 
> different.  And if there's a flag that says "show what both parent and 
> child are doing", add that in as well. 
> This is probably a bug I introduced recently, so should be fixed before 
> 2.8.1 final. 

ok (we're about 2/3 through the process of getting things to build)
> Please correspond directly with me.  I have some ideas to have you try, 
> but it'll involve a lot of silly back-and-forth mail with patches that 
> should not be applied to the final code. 
> >Bela< 

Thomas E. Dickey

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