[sf-perl] Spawning external program within Perl

Loo, Peter # PHX Peter.Loo at source.wolterskluwer.com
Wed Nov 8 09:59:43 PST 2006

Hi David, 

I did try exec() and system().  However, exec() stops my calling program
while system() waits for the called program to finish.

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g] On Behalf Of David Fetter
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Subject: Re: [sf-perl] Spawning external program within Perl

On Wed, Nov 08, 2006 at 10:48:11AM -0700, Loo, Peter # PHX wrote:
>    Hi,
>    I was wondering if there is a built-in Perl module that would allow
me to
>    spawn  an external program and not wait for it to complete.  What I
>    attempting to do is, I am checking within a database for a
condition and
>    when  the  condition  is met, I want to call an external Perl
>    However, I don't want to wait for the external program to complete
>    moving on to my next step within my program.

About ten seconds of searching with perldoc -q led me to 

perldoc -f exec

What did you try before asking here?

David Fetter <david at fetter.org> http://fetter.org/
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