I'm not sure if its really even possible with PHP, but is there any way to start independent processes that will essentially be independent of the PHP script?
The context in which this would happen would be the CLI, not as a server script. For example, the program would start up an instance of FireFox and would proceed to run and terminate, but the instance of FireFox would still be in existence after that.
Is there any way to do this? Any help would be appreciated.
In Linux you could probably do it via a shell_exec() call to the "nohup" command, which you would then use to launch the desired program as a background process. Not sure how you would do that in Windows.
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