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in reply to (Ask Perl 6: Win32) Re: Re: Re: Builtin Watchdog for a sub (or block)
in thread Builtin Watchdog for a sub (or block)

While Parrot may make some of that pain easier to deal with (alarm, for example, though it's got issues anyway once you're running with threads) I don't think you're going to see fork or alarm or whatever go away, and honestly I don't think they should. (And my platform of choice--VMS--doesn't fork, amongst other things)

It's kind of silly to neuter things so you get a lowest-common-denominator system. Making perl platform independent by taking things away just hurts the people who're on platforms where it does work. (And fork is really unlikely to be completely emulated on Windows, or any other non-unix platform)