On Fri, 10 Nov 2006, darenbell / gmail.com wrote:

> I'm writing a web service that accepts a call to initiate a few
> self-contained scripts on a RHEL4 webserver.  Being new to Ruby, I
> can't seem to find any documentation on how I could kick off the
> scripts without having the parent script wait on them to complete.
> Obviously, I don't need arguments our output back from the scripts, so
> all I'm concerned with is that they start and the parent can end
> without killing them.
>
> What's the best way to do this?

by far the simplest is

   system "in_the_background &"

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