Hyo Byun Hyo Byun -3 years ago 36
Javascript Question

How to tell if child Node.js Process was from fork() or not?

I have a small application that could be executed by a fork or directly by a developer, and I would for it to get configured slightly differently depending on how it was started.

I know that I could always pass in arguments to to signal that it was a fork, but I was just curious if there was a way to tell if I could somehow know in the child process if it came from a

fork()
. I looked around in
process
but didn't find anything telling.

Answer Source

It's a bit of a hack, but you can check if process.send exists in your application. When it was started using fork() it will exist.

if (process.send === undefined) { 
  console.log('started directly');
} else {
  console.log('started from fork()');
}

Personally, I would probably set an environment variable in the parent and check for that in the child:

// parent.js
child_process.fork('./child', { env : { FORK : 1 } });

// child.js
if (process.env.FORK) {
  console.log('started from fork()');
}
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