Fork(), etc on Windows

Derek Atkins warlord at MIT.EDU
Sat Jan 13 11:37:37 EST 2007

A bunch of us have been discussing it on IRC.   There's a g_spawn API
that we could use, but there's not been consensus on the right way
to use it.  I.e., what code should get re-written and how (in particular
in the price quotes subsystem).


Quoting Andrew Wood <andrew at>:

> Hi,
> Is anyone actively working on fork()/pipe()/gzip problem for GNUCash on
> Windows? If not then I thought I might see how far I can get in trying
> to fix it.
> My first thought was to see what other projects had done about this
> problem, as it can't be too uncommon. I wondered about using libraries
> from UWIN which has an implementation of fork(), etc on Windows. That
> does seem too easy though (assuming it works)! Before I start on
> investigating it can anyone think of a reason not to follow this?
> Details of UWIN at
> It's a while since I undertook software development but this particular
> problem seems like something of value to work on, but it might take me a
> while to set up the environment and tools, etc.
> Andrew
> Andrew Wood, 166 Divinity Road, Oxford. OX4 1LR.
> Tel: 01865 201 728/ 07973 953 446
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