Multithreaded Programming Guide

The Fork-All Model

The Solaris fork(2) function duplicates the address space and all the threads (and LWPs) in the child. This is useful, for example, when the child process never calls exec(2) but does use its copy of the parent address space. The fork-all functionality is not available in POSIX threads.

Note that when one thread in a process calls Solaris fork(2), threads that are blocked in an interruptible system call return EINTR.

Also, be careful not to create locks that are held by both the parent and child processes. This can happen when locks are allocated in memory that is sharable (that is use mmap() with the MAP_SHARED flag). Note that this is not a problem if the fork-one model is used.