Might I ask what it is you are doing? You might want to examine the command to see if there's a way to spead it up.
Also, remember that I/O to a device (in this case, a file on a drive) is often the slowest part of a system. I believe that writing to /dev/null rather than an actual file can speed things up if you don't need to store the output. At least, I think it does, or at least did once upon a time. If you can redirect to /dev/null instead, that might help.
tbone1, YAPS (Yet Another Perl Schlub)
And remember, if he succeeds, so what.
- Chick McGee
arecord <arg...> > /path/record.wav
open to suggestions on other alternative method of doing this via browser.
Last "try this - I haven't" idea: close stderr, too. Perhaps 2> /dev/null would be about right. Ideally, you'd fork, close stdout and stderr in the child, then exec your command, still in the child. Or, in your case, redirect stdout to a file, close stderr, then exec your command.