Re: wierd behaviour...

Jerome Etienne (
Tue, 25 Feb 1997 10:06:56 +0100 (MET)

> hi, i compile a c program
> main(){ fork();} /* no while to do several fork(). so its safe */
> /* no danger for your computer */
> so when i run it, my harddrive is running. Even if i run it several times
> to be sure sure that the code is in buffers. i don't understand why my
> hd need to write or read something during or after this little program.
> any explaination ?

some answers me by email to suggest it is a atime update but i don't think
so. because "main(){}" doesn't read/write anything. any other classic
unix tools like ls, ping etc... don't read/write anything immediatly on
my hd...

i studied vmstat's io bo ("bo: Blocks received from a block device (blocks/s)"
from vmstat's manpage) and i see 4 new bo each time i run my source.

that comes from fork(), and the following source makes me think something
these 4 blocks is read when the child die.
main(){ if( !fork()) sleep(4); else sleep(2); }

any explaination ?

Jerome Etienne <jetienne at> aim: being human, not ape
aim: Learn the core knowledge and deduce from it and the current context.
Thou shalt not make a machine in the likeness of a human mind. --- f.herbert