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I have this very simple Perl script on my linux server.

What I would like to be able to do is to call the script from a browser on a separate machine
Have the script initiate a fork ->
Have the parent send an httpResponse -> (freeing up the browser)
Immediately end the parent ->
Allow the child to do its job, heavy complex database work, which could take a minute or two ->
Have the child end itself with no output whatsoever

When I call this script from a browser, the browser does not receive the sent response till the child is complete.

Yes, it works when called from the command line.

Is what I want to do possible?
p.s. I even tried it with Proc::Simple->start, but I get the same hangin up.

#!/usr/bin/perl local $SIG{CHLD} = "IGNORE"; use lib '/var/www/cgi-bin'; use CGI; my $q = new CGI; if(!defined($pid = fork())) { die "Cannot fork a child: $!"; } elsif ($pid == 0) { print $q->header(); print "i am the child\n"; sleep(10); print "child is done\n"; exit; } else { print $q->header(); print "I am the parent\n"; print "parent is done\n"; exit 0; } exit 0;