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Old 06-17-2010, 08:31 AM   #1
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Fork behavior while copying file descriptors

Hi all,

I am quite confused about the following description on fork. Could you please explain it ?

The child process shall have its own copy of the parent's file descriptors. Each of the child's file descriptors shall refer to the same open file description with the corresponding file descriptor of the parent.

For example, I am opening a socket and then fork. Now, does the child have a separate socket or is shares it with the parent. Does I have any impact on using it in child?

Old 06-18-2010, 01:36 AM   #2
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Try it.

I believe you'll find that the child has the same descriptor #, and can perform I/O to exactly the same socket.

In the days before threads, that's exactly how a *nix server process created socket handlers.

'Hope that helps .. PSM
Old 06-22-2010, 11:34 PM   #3
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Hi paulsm4,

Thanks for responding. :-)

I tried it. But facing problems while doing that. Following is the sequence of steps:

1. Open a RAW socket
2. Fork a child and issue recv call
3. In Parent send

The problem I am facing is, the recv call is not returning. It keeps on waiting. If I reran the program, the recv from the first instance returns and the current recv goes to wait.

Will post the code if you want.



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