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system(3f) [bsd man page]

SYSTEM(3F)																SYSTEM(3F)

NAME
system - execute a UNIX command SYNOPSIS
integer function system (string) character*(*) string DESCRIPTION
System causes string to be given to your shell as input as if the string had been typed as a command. If environment variable SHELL is found, its value will be used as the command interpreter (shell); otherwise sh(1) is used. The current process waits until the command terminates. The returned value will be the exit status of the shell. See wait(2) for an explanation of this value. FILES
/usr/lib/libU77.a SEE ALSO
exec(2), wait(2), system(3) BUGS
String can not be longer than NCARGS-50 characters, as defined in <sys/param.h>. 4.2 Berkeley Distribution May 15, 1985 SYSTEM(3F)

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SYSTEM(3)						   BSD Library Functions Manual 						 SYSTEM(3)

NAME
system -- pass a command to the shell LIBRARY
Standard C Library (libc, -lc) SYNOPSIS
#include <stdlib.h> int system(const char *string); DESCRIPTION
The system() function hands the argument string to the command interpreter sh(1). The calling process waits for the shell to finish execut- ing the command, ignoring SIGINT and SIGQUIT, and blocking SIGCHLD. If string is a NULL pointer, system() will return non-zero if the command interpreter sh(1) is available, and zero if it is not. RETURN VALUES
The system() function returns the exit status of the shell as returned by waitpid(2), or -1 if an error occurred when invoking fork(2) or waitpid(2). A return value of 127 means the execution of the shell failed. SEE ALSO
sh(1), execve(2), fork(2), waitpid(2), popen(3) STANDARDS
The system() function conforms to ISO/IEC 9899:1990 (``ISO C90'') and is expected to be IEEE Std 1003.2 (``POSIX.2'') compatible. BSD
June 4, 1993 BSD

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