spawnvp()

Spawn a child process, given a vector of arguments and a relative path

Synopsis:

#include <process.h>

int spawnvp( int mode, 
             const char * file, 
             char * const argv[] );

Since:

BlackBerry 10.0.0

Arguments:

mode
How you want to load the child process, and how you want the parent program to behave after the child program is initiated:
  • P_WAIT — load the child program into available memory, execute it, and make the parent program resume execution after the child process ends.
  • P_NOWAIT — execute the parent program concurrently with the new child process.
  • P_NOWAITO — execute the parent program concurrently with the new child process. You can't use wait() to obtain the exit code.
  • P_OVERLAY — replace the parent program with the child program in memory and execute the child. No return is made to the parent program. This is equivalent to calling the appropriate exec*() function.
file
The name of the executable file. If this argument contains a slash, it's used as the pathname of the executable; otherwise, the function searches for file in the directories listed in the PATH environment variable.
argv
A pointer to an argument vector; this argument can't be NULL. The value in argv[0] can't be NULL, and should represent the filename of the program being loaded. The last member of argv must be a NULL pointer.

Library:

libc

Use the -l c option to qcc to link against this library. This library is usually included automatically.

Description:

The spawnvp() function creates and executes a new child process, named in file with the NULL-terminated list of arguments in the argv vector. This function calls spawnvpe().

  • In order to create a child process, your process must have the PROCMGR_AID_SPAWN ability enabled. For more information, see procmgr_ability().
  • If the new child process is a shell script, the first line must start with #!, followed by the path of the program to run to interpret the script, optionally followed by one argument. The script must also be marked as executable. For more information, see " The first line " in the Writing Shell Scripts chapter of the BlackBerry 10 OS User's Guide.

The spawnvp() function isn't a POSIX 1003.1 function, and isn't guaranteed to behave the same on all operating systems. It calls spawnvpe() before calling spawnp(). For greater portability, use posix_spawn().

Most of the spawn*() functions do a lot of work before a message is sent to procnto :

Diagram showing how the spawn functions are related. spawn() spawnve() spawnl() spawnv() spawnle() spawnp() spawnvpe() spawnlpe() spawnlp()

The child process inherits the parent's environment. The environment is the collection of environment variables whose values that have been defined with the export shell command, the env utility, or by the successful execution of the putenv() or setenv() function. A program may read these values with the getenv() function.

A parent/child relationship doesn't imply that the child process dies when the parent process dies.

Returns:

The spawnvp() function's return value depends on the mode argument:

mode Return value
P_WAIT The exit status of the child process. For information about macros that extract information from this status, see " Status macros " in the documentation for wait().
P_NOWAIT The process ID of the child process. To get the exit status for a P_NOWAIT process, you must use the waitpid() function, giving it this process ID.
P_NOWAITO The process ID of the child process, or 0 if the process is being started on a remote node. You cannot get the exit status of a P_NOWAITO process.

If an error occurs, -1 is returned ( errno is set).

Errors:

E2BIG
The number of bytes used by the argument list of the new child process is greater than ARG_MAX bytes.
EACCES
Search permission is denied for a directory listed in the path prefix of the new child process or the new child process's file doesn't have the execute bit set.
EAGAIN
Insufficient resources available to create the child process.
EBADF
An error occurred duplicating open file descriptors to the new process.
ECHILD
The mode is P_WAIT, and the spawned process terminated before the call to waitpid() was completed.
EFAULT
One of the buffers specified in the function call is invalid.
EINTR
The function was interrupted by a signal.
EINVAL
An argument is invalid (e.g. arg0 is NULL, or the value of mode isn't valid).
ELOOP
Too many levels of symbolic links or prefixes.
EMFILE
Insufficient resources available to load the new executable image or to remap file descriptors in the child process.
ENAMETOOLONG
The length of file and its path exceeds PATH_MAX or a pathname component is longer than NAME_MAX.
ENOENT
The file identified by the file argument is empty, or one or more components of the pathname of the new process don't exist.
ENOEXEC
The child process file has the correct permissions, but isn't in the correct format for an executable.
ENOMEM
Insufficient memory available to create the child process.
ENOSYS
The spawnvp() function isn't implemented for the filesystem specified in file.
ENOTDIR
A component of the path prefix of the child process isn't a directory.
EPERM
The calling process doesn't have the required permission (see procmgr_ability()), or an underlying call to mmap() failed because it attempted to set PROT_EXEC for a region of memory covered by an untrusted memory-mapped file.
ETXTBSY
The text file that you're trying to execute is busy (e.g. it might be open for writing).

Classification:

QNX 4

Safety:  
Cancellation point Read the Caveats
Interrupt handler No
Signal handler No
Thread Yes

Caveats:

If mode is P_WAIT, this function is a cancellation point.

Last modified: 2014-11-17



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