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child_process: make fork() execPath configurable

Allows for arbitrary path to executable spawned using `fork`. This
fixes some issues around running multiple versions of node with workers
and allows arbitrary IPC with compatible executables.

Fixes #3248.
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1 parent 3f76419 commit 70ad9bbcbda192842b1e52159c5ee9d4a77e6902 @bmeck bmeck committed with bnoordhuis Jan 4, 2013
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  1. +7 −0 doc/api/child_process.markdown
  2. +3 −1 lib/child_process.js
  3. +57 −0 test/simple/test-child-process-fork-exec-path.js
@@ -516,6 +516,7 @@ leaner than `child_process.exec`. It has the same options.
* `cwd` {String} Current working directory of the child process
* `env` {Object} Environment key-value pairs
* `encoding` {String} (Default: 'utf8')
+ * `execPath` {String} Executable used to create the child process
* Return: ChildProcess object
This is a special case of the `spawn()` functionality for spawning Node
@@ -534,4 +535,10 @@ These child Nodes are still whole new instances of V8. Assume at least 30ms
startup and 10mb memory for each new Node. That is, you cannot create many
thousands of them.
+The `execPath` property in the `options` object allows for a process to be
+created for the child rather than the current `node` executable. This should be
+done with care and by default will talk over the fd represented an
+environmental variable `NODE_CHANNEL_FD` on the child process. The input and
+output on this fd is expected to be line delimited JSON objects.
+
[EventEmitter]: events.html#events_class_events_eventemitter
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@@ -441,7 +441,9 @@ exports.fork = function(modulePath /*, args, options*/) {
options.stdio = options.silent ? ['pipe', 'pipe', 'pipe', 'ipc'] :
[0, 1, 2, 'ipc'];
- return spawn(process.execPath, args, options);
+ options.execPath = options.execPath || process.execPath;
bnoordhuis
bnoordhuis Mar 1, 2013 Owner

The stable branch only gets bug fixes, new API goes in master.

+
+ return spawn(options.execPath, args, options);
};
@@ -0,0 +1,57 @@
+// Copyright Joyent, Inc. and other Node contributors.
+//
+// Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a
+// copy of this software and associated documentation files (the
+// "Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction, including
+// without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish,
+// distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit
+// persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the
+// following conditions:
+//
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+// in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.
+//
+// THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS
+// OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF
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+// NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM,
+// DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR
+// OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE
+// USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.
+
+var assert = require('assert');
+var cp = require('child_process');
+var fs = require('fs');
+var path = require('path');
+var common = require('../common');
+var msg = {test: 'this'};
+var nodePath = process.execPath;
+var symlinkPath = path.join(common.tmpDir, 'node-symlink');
+
+if (process.env.FORK) {
+ assert(process.send);
+ assert.equal(process.argv[0], symlinkPath);
+ process.send(msg);
+ process.exit();
+}
+else {
+ try {
+ fs.unlinkSync(symlinkPath);
+ }
+ catch (e) {
+ if (e.code !== 'ENOENT') throw e;
+ }
+ fs.symlinkSync(nodePath, symlinkPath);
+
+ var child = require('child_process').fork(__filename, {
+ execPath: symlinkPath,
+ env: { FORK: 'true' }
+ });
+ child.on('message', common.mustCall(function(recv) {
+ assert.deepEqual(msg, recv);
+ }));
+ child.on('exit', common.mustCall(function(code) {
+ fs.unlinkSync(symlinkPath);
+ assert.equal(code, 0);
+ }));
+}

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