OK, that was too obvious.  :)

Works fine in a local script, but my web service client is just sitting
there waiting.  Guess that's the problem.

On Nov 10, 8:43 am, ara.t.how... / noaa.gov wrote:
> On Fri, 10 Nov 2006, darenb... / 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 &"
>
> -a
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