I should think not. After all that's how we still get to have spawn
independent :-). Actually I do think it's quite useful. I have my user
hat on now. I am writing an application which fires up a server for the
parents via spawn. Once done with the server I want to terminate it.
To do this I need it to disconnect from the parents. The server can't
just finalize since that is collective over a connected component.
Nick Nevin firstname.lastname@example.org
Ohio Supercomputer Center http://www.osc.edu/lam.html