BABY(1)                                                   BABY(1)


NAME
       baby -- create new process from two parent processes

SYNOPSIS
       baby sex [name...]

SYSTEM V SYNOPSIS
       /usr/5bin/baby [-sex sex] [-name name...]

AVAILABILITY
       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
       invoke baby.

DESCRIPTION
       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
       execution.

       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

OPTIONS
       -sex   option indicating type of process created.

       -name  process  identification  to  be attached to the new
              process.

RESULT
       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.

BUGS
       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-
       ent.

       baby processes upon being created may frequently  dump  in
       /tmp requiring /tmp to be cleaned out frequently by one of
       the parent processes.



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BABY(1)                                                   BABY(1)


       The original AT&T version was  provided  without  instruc-
       tions  regarding the created process; this remains in cur-
       rent implementations.

SEE ALSO
       cigars(6), dump(5), cry(3)

OTHER IMPLEMENTATIONS
       gnoops(1)
              FSF version of baby where none of the authors  will
              accept responsibility for anything.














































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