Perl 5 version 32.0 documentation


  • wait

    Behaves like wait(2) on your system: it waits for a child process to terminate and returns the pid of the deceased process, or -1 if there are no child processes. The status is returned in $? and ${^CHILD_ERROR_NATIVE} . Note that a return value of -1 could mean that child processes are being automatically reaped, as described in perlipc.

    If you use wait in your handler for $SIG{CHLD} , it may accidentally wait for the child created by qx or system. See perlipc for details.

    Portability issues: wait in perlport.