I'm trying to port a cgi program that runs fine under windows.  But I 
can't seem to get what I want done under linux.

I want to send out emails to a list of subscribers.  This program will 
take about 10 minutes to run.

In windows I've been using the start command.  This actually starts a 
process and the cgi program continues to run a tells the user that 
emails are being sent.  The start command lets the program run in the 
background.  The cgi program doesn't have to wait for the mail program 
to finish.

I've tried
	z=fork do
		`mail progam`
	end
	Process.detatch(z)
	The program doesn't run.
I've tried writing a cronjobs file
	t=Time.now + 60
	File.open('/var/www/cronjobs'){|f| f.write("#{t.min} #{t.hour} etc")}
          `crontab /var/www/cronjobs`

	crontab -u apache -l
	lists the cron job at the right minute, hour, month, etc.  but the cron 
job doesn't run.

The only thing I've seen in the Rubytalk archives is a suggestion to 
close stderr, stdin, and stdout in the child process when using fork. 
That didn't help either.

Does anyone have a clue how to do this using apache and ruby?

Thanks in advance.

Ernie
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