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int exit(int status) - terminates the process which calls this function and returns the exit status value. Both UNIX and C (forked) programs can read the status value.

By convention, a status of 0 means normal termination any other value indicates an error or unusual occurrence. Many standard library calls have errors defined in the sys/stat.h header file. We can easily derive our own conventions.

A complete example of forking program is in Appendix and is originally titled fork.c
Fri May 20 13:40:49 BST 1994