The number of processes you can fork off (and I am going
to assume Un*x here) depends on
some kernel tuning parameters. One of which is the total
number of processes system wide that may be created as
well as a second that determines how many each user may
create. The total max processes system wide is a product
of a calculation that takes into consideration the
maximum users the system is configured to handle, the
max processes per user allowed and is constrained by the
physical memory of the system.
All of this differs between flavors of Un*x as well
as the whims of the Unix System Administrator administering
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