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Jan Dubois
June 17, 2008 18:58
RE: Generic system() replacements
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On Tue, 17 Jun 2008, Paul Fenwick wrote:

> * Returns the exit value of the process (the full 16 bits on Windows),
>   rather than requiring pain and suffering with $?.

On Windows the full exit status is actually a signed 32-bit integer,
so it doesn't even fit into $?.  I think we should implement
${^CHILD_ERROR_NATIVE} on Windows to hold the full value (VMS already
does this).

There is also another bug in the Windows system() implementation in
that it will execute a program twice if it returns a status of -1
because that value is used internally to mark a failed invocation.

>>> * Multi-arg system() never invokes the shell under Win32, even
>>>   though CORE::system will.
>> Another semantics change -- though I'll admit this one just might be
>> an improvement.
> I actually consider multi-arg system calling the shell under Win32 to
> be a bug[1]. It happens as a fallback when Perl can't find the
> command itself.

I agree with this.  I'll try to check with Sarathy to see if he remembers
why it was done the way it is right now.

> In the next release, there will be an interface to get the exit value,
> signal name, signal number, and core dump status, along with a mechanism to
> supply your own $?.  Suggestions for better names than unpack_child_error()
> are welcome! ;)

Isn't POSIX::WEXITSTATUS() what you are looking for?  I'm not sure if
it works correctly on Windows, but it would probably be best to fix it


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