Properties of exec created processes

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Last Updated: 2022-05-26

Note: This is unix specific

exec

vs. fork

Usage

Typically we fork a running program first, then exec the forked child process to run a different program.

Usually we modify child process state (e.g. time zone, working directory, file handlers) after forking but before execing

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