In the software context; processes spawned by other processes.

If a parent process goes away, various things happen such as

  • Children get sent a SIGHUP, most processing die when receiving a SIGHUP. This is what happens when you close a Terminal? and the processes started from it are killed.
  • Children that ignore SIGHUP get reparented to init

If a child process goes away, the parent gets a SIGCHLD

The context for which this page was required refers to 'sprogs', or 'little people'. See also BadgeWearers