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 Post subject: why is fork() called fork()?
PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2016 11:37 am 
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Just wondering. Why is the fork() function actually called fork()? It has nothing to do with dining instruments.

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 Post subject: Re: why is fork() called fork()?
PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2016 12:14 pm 
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A fork is something that splits into several (usually two) similar parts. The utensil's name comes from the fact that its shape is a fork. Other things can have fork shapes too; you may occasionally hear of roads or rivers that fork. (Yes, "fork" is also a verb.)

This concept of "one thing that splits into many" is a very good description for the process of turning one thread into two nearly-identical threads, so the system call that performs that task is called "fork". You can also have forks in source control and filesystems.


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 Post subject: Re: why is fork() called fork()?
PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2016 12:15 pm 
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fork
fôrk/Submit
noun
1.
an implement with two or more prongs used for lifting food to the mouth or holding it when cutting.
2.
a device, component, or part with two or more prongs, in particular.
verb
1.
(especially of a road or other route) divide into two parts.
"the place where the road forks"
synonyms: split, branch (off), divide, subdivide, separate, part, diverge, go in different directions, bifurcate; More
2.
dig, lift, or manipulate (something) with a fork.
"fork in some compost"

Look at verb:1

EDIT: seems I wasn't fast enough with my reply ;)

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 Post subject: Re: why is fork() called fork()?
PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2016 1:35 pm 
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Oh, i see, i wasn't aware of the other meaning outside of IT.

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 Post subject: Re: why is fork() called fork()?
PostPosted: Sun May 22, 2016 3:37 am 
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It's because you give your program a fork, so it can eat more resources! :D

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 Post subject: Re: why is fork() called fork()?
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I'm working on a more modern and feature full implementation of fork()... It will be called spork()!


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 Post subject: Re: why is fork() called fork()?
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hi, i found this piece of information.. it is a very good read.. http://www.foodreference.com/html/art-h ... k-729.html


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