page faults when spawning subprocesses

Daniel Kabs daniel.kabs at
Wed Nov 9 13:17:03 CET 2005

Dave Kirby wrote:
> I am working on a network management program written in python that has
> multiple threads (typically 20+) spawning subprocesses which are used
> to communicate with other systems on the network. ...

Let me check if I got you right: You are using fork() inside a thread in 
a multi-threaded environment. That sounds complicated. :-)

Have a look at

It mentions your use of fork, i.e. to create a new process running a 
different program (in this case the call to fork() is soon followed by a 
call to exec()).

If you fork in your multi-threaded environment, what happens with all 
your threads? The document resorts to "the effects of calling functions 
that require certain resources between the call to fork() and the call 
to an exec function are undefined.". Maybe you are just experiencing 
this :-)

The document above recommends: "to avoid errors, the child process may 
only execute async-signal-safe operations until such time as one of the 
exec functions is called."

Maybe this discussion is also of some help:


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