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Perl module P223
Interprocess Communication
Exercises, examples and other material relating to training module P223. This topic is presented on public course Perl Extra


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Examples from our training material
breadknife   Forking a process, then the two communicating
breeder   Parent forking multiple independent children
butter   Send a signal to a registered process
check   Expect - choreographing multiple pings and analysing result
dodo   running another process from Perl
f1.pl   Forking a process
fdem   Forking in Perl, then communicating between processes
h_report   Two processing in parallel (via fork) communicating (via a pipe)
kidgoes   Children signalling to parents as they complete
knife   fork and two separate processes
nonfat   A process that responds to signals
pinga2   Parallel (forked) processes communicating via signals and files
pinga3   Parallel (forked) processes communicating via signals and pipes
pingalong   Parallel (forked) processes communicating via pipes
pingpong   piping from another process
talker   Simple talker written in Perl
two_roles   Forking in Perl - two processes
Forking a Perl Process, and pipe
Background information
Some modules are available for download as a sample of our material or under an Open Training Notes License for free download from [here].
Topics covered in this module
Parent and child communications.
Other ways of communicating.
pid files.
Transferring information.
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