baby -- create new process from two parent processes
baby sex [name...]
SYSTEM V SYNOPSIS
/usr/5bin/baby [-sex sex] [-name name...]
The System V version of this command is available with the
System V software installation option. Refer to
Installing SunOS 4.1 for information on how to install and
baby is initiated when one parent process polls another
server process through a socket connection (BSD) or
through pipes in the System V implementation. baby runs
at low priority for approximately 40 weeks and then termi-
nates with a heavy system load. Most systems require con-
stant monitoring when baby reaches its final stages of
Older implementations of baby required that the initiating
process not be present at the time of completion. In
these versions the initiating process is awakened and
notified of the results upon completion. Modern versions
allow both parent processes to be active during the final
stages of baby.
example% baby -sex m -name fred
-sex option indicating type of process created.
-name process identification to be attached to the new
Successful execution of baby(1) results in new process
being created and named. Parent processes then typically
broadcast messages to all other processes informing them
of their new status in the system.
The sleep command may not work on either parent processes
for some time afterward, as new baby processes constantly
send interrupts which must be handled by one or more par-
baby processes upon being created may frequently dump in
/tmp requiring /tmp to be cleaned out frequently by one of
the parent processes.
The original AT&T version was provided without instruc-
tions regarding the created process; this remains in cur-
cigars(6), dump(5), cry(3)
FSF version of baby where none of the authors will
accept responsibility for anything.
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