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exec never returns, but any child that doesn't get reaped becomes a zombie_process. See perlipc, wait, waitpid. The easiest way to handle it is with $SIG{CHLD} = "IGNORE";, which tells perl to autoreap.

#11929 First ask yourself `How would I do this without a computer?' Then have the computer do it the same way.

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Re^4: forking and exec
by Anonymous Monk on Oct 22, 2013 at 19:51 UTC
    Thanks. That explains the left over jobs that crash the system. Looks like I have some more book learnin' to do to fully grok this.