in reply to Problem with fork in CGI script (again)
Do you ever read merlyn's super splendid WebTechniques columns? I find that for 90% of the problems I have developing web based interfaces, there is a WebTechniques column that has already answered it.
And check it out, this column looks like it might be right up your alley. I know that it worked for me when I had to implement a long running process that was kicked off from a webpage :) Enjoy, and bookmark.