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Pass the value from child process to parent process

  • Last Updated : 06 Dec, 2019

Prerequisite: Pipe() and Fork() Basic
Write a C program in which the child process takes an input array and send it to the parent process using pipe() and fork() and then print it in the parent process.

Examples: Suppose we have an array a[]={1, 2, 3, 4, 5} in child process, then output should be 1 2 3 4 5.

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Input:  1 2 3 4 5
Output: 1 2 3 4 5

// C program for passing value from
// child process to parent process
#include <pthread.h>
#include <stdio.h>
#include <sys/types.h>
#include <unistd.h> 
#include <stdlib.h> 
#include <sys/wait.h>
#define MAX 10
int main()
  int fd[2], i = 0;
  pid_t pid = fork();
   if(pid > 0) {
      // closing the standard input 
      // no need to use the write end of pipe here so close it
       // duplicating fd[0] with standard input 0
      int arr[MAX];
      // n stores the total bytes read successfully
      int n = read(fd[0], arr, sizeof(arr));
      for ( i = 0;i < n/4; i++)
         // printing the array received from child process
          printf("%d ", arr[i]); 
  else if( pid == 0 ) {
      int arr[] = {1, 2, 3, 4, 5};
      // no need to use the read end of pipe here so close it
       // closing the standard output
      // duplicating fd[0] with standard output 1
      write(1, arr, sizeof(arr));
  else {
      perror("error\n"); //fork()

Steps for executing above code:

  • To compile, write gcc program_name.c
  • To run, write ./a.out

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