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Hej Marshall,

I had similar experiences a year ago with the emulation of fork in Windows (Windows 7 Home Premium with Service Pack 1).

Running the tests of Test::TCP (version 1.11 and 1.12) on Windows resulted often in a blocking Perl interpreter. Sometimes the system reached at state, that it must be restarted.

I started trying to isolate the problem and this is so far I came:

My experiences/conclusion using perlfork - Perl's fork() emulation in Windows, are:

  • There is stochastic involved. Two identical calls (expected to give the same result) can give different results. What I understand is the problem in the implementation of the Windows API and not in the Perl implementation.
  • In some cases the processes running the Perl interpreter are blocking (coming in an unwanted state).
  • Sometimes the problem is not solved by restarting the Perl interpreter. Is there some missing initializations in the Perl interpreter?
  • In some rare situations the total system (not just the process running the Perl interpreter) is affected, and must be restarted. Sometimes it even must be restated using power down/up. The isolation between processes and the operating system in Windows has some weakness?

The questions which worries me are:

  • Is it advisable to use the Perl's fork() emulation in Windows in “production” code?
  • Is it enough to run the test of Perl modules just once or how many times are they needed to be run?

In reply to Re^4: pipe fork win32 by bojinlund
in thread pipe fork win32 by bulk88

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