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Something like this:
Now, granted, I missed a bunch of error conditions around fork, as well as omitting the Highlander Maneuver, but that's the basic idea.
if (fork() == 0)
Note that you can reopen stdout and/or stderr and redirect them to a file, or you can pipe them into something that'll send you an email, whatever you want. If nothing else, you may want to reopen to /dev/null, just to sure you don't confuse subprocesses if you call any.