I am running into a very wierd problem.
If I initialize MPI normally ie; with MPI_Init(), and make one of the MPI process to do "popen()" call, I get the following warning/error message:
== Message start ===
An MPI process has executed an operation involving a call to the
"fork()" system call to create a child process.  Open MPI is currently
operating in a condition that could result in memory corruption or
other system errors; your MPI job may hang, crash, or produce silent
data corruption.  The use of fork() (or system() or other calls that
create child processes) is strongly discouraged.
== Message end ====
However this error message goes away, if I initialize MPI with threads ie; MPI_Init_thread(). Can anyone explain this discrepancy?

I am giving a snippet of the program that causes this problem:
== Code snippet start ======
    if ( rank == 0) {
        output = popen("ls -l", "r");
== Code snippet end ======
If this is a design constraint, how can I overcome this problem.
Ananda B Mudar, PMP
Senior Technical Architect
Wipro Technologies
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