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I want to know the status of a process. I think I can use the wait family functions but actually I don’t want to wait for the process, just check the status and go on.

I would want something like

checkStatusOfProcess(&status);
if(status == WORKING) {
    //do something
} else if(status == exited) {
    //do something else
} else \\I dont care about other states

Question Answer

Then you want to use the waitpid function with the WNOHANG option:

#include <sys/types.h>
#include <sys/wait.h>

int status;
pid_t return_pid = waitpid(process_id, &status, WNOHANG); /* WNOHANG def'd in wait.h */
if (return_pid == -1) {
    /* error */
} else if (return_pid == 0) {
    /* child is still running */
} else if (return_pid == process_id) {
    /* child is finished. exit status in   status */
}

I think you want waitpid with WNOHANG.

waitpid(pid, &status, WNOHANG);

Kill it with signal 0 and check return value.

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