I have a parent process which creates a number of other processes.
It uses fork() and execl() to spawn a child process.

which works fine all the time.

ISSUE :
but once, it was observed sigchild received from process, say process A.
Sigchild was received at about 6 seconds from when Parent Process was started.
Issue is not reproducible.

INFO :
On debugging it was observed that the parent process takes about 3 seconds to call execl() which spawns process A and about 7 seconds for the main function of the process A to be called(consistently).

QUESTION :
From the above timeline informations, when the issue has occured execl() would not have completely spawned process A.

Could this be an issue with the execl() system call?