[TxMt] os forking doesn't work from a TextMate command?

Kumar McMillan kumar.mcmillan at gmail.com
Fri Sep 16 19:03:35 UTC 2005

works!  thanks folks.  that was totally it, just had to close the
standard file descriptors (good idea to have some logs too :) ).

On 9/16/05, Gerd Knops <gerti at bitart.com> wrote:
> On Fri, Sep 16, at 10:31 AM, Kumar McMillan wrote:
> > Does anyone have an idea why using Python's os.fork() to start a
> > daemon process from within TextMate doesn't work?  Why would I want to
> > do this, you ask?  It seems the most logical way to browse local
> > Python documentation (via pydoc).  The doc commands that already exist
> > are great if you know exactly what you're looking for, but I still
> > find myself starting up the doc server every now and again to go
> > poking around.  My thought was to run a command "Browse Python
> > Documentation" or whatever from TextMate that opens a web browser to
> > the local server.  If the server isn't running then it needs to start
> > lazily.  This works great from the shell.  From within TextMate the
> > server starts fine but the process doesn't appear to be properly
> > forked because TextMate just hangs like it's waiting.  The script is
> > attached for reference.
> Try the double-fork trick, that works in most of those situations. By
> double fork I mean the forked child process exists immediately after
> forking another process which does the actual work. This dis-
> associates the prent from the 'grandchild'. You may also have to
> close the open file descriptors (STDIN, STDOUT, STDERR) in the child.
> Gerd
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