Fork a Process in PHP

The other day I ran into a need to "fork" a process in a web app. Basically I needed to trigger a long-running process but immediately show the user a screen that said "running". I used a version of the following.

function forkExec($command) {
	if(stripos(PHP_OS, 'win') !== false) {
		$command = "start /b $command";
	}
	else {
		$command .= ' > /dev/null &';
	}
	return pclose(popen($command, 'r'));
}

In windows `start /b` starts the given command in the background. On Linux, `> /dev/null` supresses output and `&` runs the given command in the background.

I have been using PHP before

I have been using PHP before when I was in college. It is really great to learn information about it since you can apply it in your programming. - YOR Health