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Getting back to Parallel::ForkManager, which you attempted to use in your first post, you might want to try

use Parallel::ForkManager; my $fm1 = new Parallel::ForkManager(5); for my $val1 (1..10) { $fm1->start and next; # $0 = "processing step 1: $val1"; sleep 10; open FILE, ">", "$val1.txt" or die $!; print FILE "Output of step 1\n"; close FILE; my $fm2 = new Parallel::ForkManager(2); for my $val2 (qw/a b/) { $fm2->start and next; # $0 = "processing step 2: $val1/$val2"; sleep 5; open FILE1, "<", "$val1.txt" or die $!; open FILE2, ">", "$val2$val1.txt" or die $!; while (my $line = <FILE1>) { $line =~ s/1/2/; print FILE2 $line . "\n"; } close FILE1; close FILE2; $fm2->finish; } $fm1->finish; }

This would run max 5 processes at the outer level, plus max 2*5 at the inner level, i.e. max 15 processes total (10 inner from the last round + 5 outer for the next round).  I'm not entirely sure that's what you want, but it's at least something to play with...

P.S. If you uncomment the $0 = ... lines, you can grep for "processing" in the ps output to observe what's going on.

In reply to Re: Help with multiple forks by Eliya
in thread Help with multiple forks by Anonymous Monk

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