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Fork issues

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I created a simple 'server' script that will accept input from a cgi script. The server will handle multiple connections on the same port, also. In a nut shell, this 'server' script will take in variables, and fork off a process to sleep for a given amount of time, and then send the user an email (and perform other functions).

Here is my problem: I receive a confirmation e-mail once the connection has been made, but i do not receive the other e-mail (which is supposed to be sent from the forked process once the sleep() is up). I receive one confirmation e-mail per client, but I will never receive the second e-mail. I don't know why the forked process is not working as I think it should?

Also, the problem ONLY happens when I daemonize the process. If i simply run the script inside a terminal 'perl', it will work perfectly fine and I will get all the desired results. However, when I daemonize it by 'perl &', the functions within the fork, including the second e-mail, will not be executed.

Shouldn't I be able to daemonize it and get the same results?

Here is the code:

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  1. #!/usr/bin/perl
  3. # includes and dependencies....
  5. use strict;
  6. use warnings;
  8. my $max_clients = 10;
  9. my $port = 15100;
  11. while(1)
  12. {
  13. my $sock = new IO::Socket::INET (
  14.         LocalHost => 'localhost',
  15.         LocalPort => $port,
  16.         Proto => 'tcp',
  17.         Listen => $max_clients,
  18.         Reuse => 1,
  19.                                 );
  20.     die "Could not create socket: $!\n" unless $sock;
  22.     my $new_sock = $sock->accept();
  24.     while(<$new_sock>)
  25.     {
  26.          # parse information
  28.          close($sock);
  30.          #send e-mail function here
  32.          unless(fork)
  33.          {
  34.          # sleep for given time
  35.          sleep(30);
  37.          # perform function
  39.          #2nd send e-mail function here
  40.          exit(0); 
  42.          }
  43.  }
  44. }
Thanks in advance!
Feb 12 '08 #1
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the "unless(fork)" condition is evidently not being evaluated. Why, I do not know.
Feb 13 '08 #2

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