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Execute as new process?

by perlpreben (Beadle)
on Sep 29, 2009 at 20:33 UTC ( #798189=perlquestion: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??
perlpreben has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

I want a webpage(cgi script) to execute a perl script , but continue loading the webpage. Now it waits until the program is done, THEN continues.

I have read documentation on exec, system, backticks, and tried numerous examples but can make it work.

Its running on a unix system, so I also tried appending & at the end of the command, but that doesnt work either

Any clue?

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Re: Execute as new process?
by jakobi (Pilgrim) on Sep 29, 2009 at 20:50 UTC

    lower level approaches:

    system and qx// are synchronous and make perl wait until the syscall in question is done. You could try system("cmd&") to have the shell run the command and return to perl w/o waiting.

    An interesting question now is whether you want $? or the output of the command before finishing to send the page to the client. If that's the case: check out e.g. waitpid, perlipc and maybe also use something like the following sketch

    if (not fork()) {system("cmd >cmd-out"); ... exit} ...additionalprocessing-in-parallel...; wait; # or a more specific waitpid...; # if you've a lot of forks and/or run a long time, # consider to reap your children: wait, SIG{CHLD} # -> man perlipc open(FH,"<cmd-out");... ...process the results of cmd and add them to the page... # (or consider a state file/sessions, if the background # command can and should run for more than the duration # of a single client request) finish the page
Re: Execute as new process?
by Joost (Canon) on Sep 29, 2009 at 21:18 UTC
Re: Execute as new process?
by Illuminatus (Curate) on Sep 29, 2009 at 20:49 UTC
    I think you need to provide an example. In general, if you use system with a command that ends with a '&', the call should immediately return.
Re: Execute as new process?
by corenth (Monk) on Sep 29, 2009 at 21:53 UTC
    A long time ago, I played with POE (Perl Object Environment) to good effect. I don't recall much about it, and it may not be what you want, but it should give you the effect you're looking for.
Re: Execute as new process?
by Utilitarian (Vicar) on Sep 29, 2009 at 20:40 UTC
    I think you should look at making the Perl produced content of the page load via AJAX
Re: Execute as new process?
by Anonymous Monk on Sep 30, 2009 at 04:46 UTC

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