thread and fork()

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    thread and fork()

    what's different between thread and fork( ) (or vfork( )) and their usage for programming in real life?
    which one could be used in which situation?
    I did read several posts, but still not clear.

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    A process is a container for execution one or more threads. A process has to have at least one execution thread.

    fork() creates a process out of the old process, bringing along all of the threads. It takes a snapshot of all the variables, program counter, etc, and creates a new process with the same
    program counter, data, and code set. The forked process has a new process context, outside of the old one.

    A new thread remains inside the process context.

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