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Linux 2.6 - man page for os (linux section 3erl)

os(3erl)			     Erlang Module Definition				 os(3erl)

       os - Operating System Specific Functions

       The  functions  in  this module are operating system specific. Careless use of these func-
       tions will result in programs that will only run on a  specific	platform.  On  the  other
       hand, with careful use these functions can be of help in enabling a program to run on most

       cmd(Command) -> string()

	      Types  Command = string() | atom()

	      Executes Command in a command shell of the target OS, captures the standard  output
	      of  the command and returns this result as a string. This function is a replacement
	      of the previous unix:cmd/1 ; on a Unix platform they are equivalent.


	      LsOut = os:cmd("ls"), % on unix platform
	      DirOut = os:cmd("dir"), % on Win32 platform

	      Note that in some cases, standard output of a command when called from another pro-
	      gram  (for  example,  os:cmd/1 ) may differ, compared to the standard output of the
	      command when called directly from an OS command shell.

       find_executable(Name) -> Filename | false
       find_executable(Name, Path) -> Filename | false

	      Types  Name = string()
		     Path = string()
		     Filename = string()

	      These two functions look up an executable program given its name and a search path,
	      in the same way as the underlying operating system. find_executable/1 uses the cur-
	      rent execution path (that is, the environment variable PATH on Unix and Windows).

	      Path , if given, should conform to the syntax of execution paths on  the	operating
	      system.  The absolute filename of the executable program Name is returned, or false
	      if the program was not found.

       getenv() -> [string()]

	      Returns a list of all environment variables. Each environment variable is given  as
	      a  single  string  on the format "VarName=Value" , where VarName is the name of the
	      variable and Value its value.

       getenv(VarName) -> Value | false

	      Types  VarName = string()
		     Value = string()

	      Returns the Value of the environment variable VarName , or false if the environment
	      variable is undefined.

       getpid() -> Value

	      Types  Value = string()

	      Returns  the  process  identifier of the current Erlang emulator in the format most
	      commonly used by the operating system environment. Value is returned  as	a  string
	      containing the (usually) numerical identifier for a process. On Unix, this is typi-
	      cally the return value of the getpid() system call. On VxWorks, Value contains  the
	      task  id	(decimal  notation)  of  the  Erlang  task. On Windows, the process id as
	      returned by the GetCurrentProcessId() system call is used.

       putenv(VarName, Value) -> true

	      Types  VarName = string()
		     Value = string()

	      Sets a new Value for the environment variable VarName .

       timestamp() -> {MegaSecs, Secs, MicroSecs}

	      Types  MegaSecs = Secs = MicroSecs = int()

	      Returns a tuple in the same format as erlang:now/0 . The difference  is  that  this
	      function	returns  what  the  operating  system thinks (a.k.a. the wall clock time)
	      without any attempts at time correction. The result of two different calls to  this
	      function is not guaranteed to be different.

	      The  most  obvious use for this function is logging. The tuple can be used together
	      with the function calendar:now_to_universal_time/1 or  calendar:now_to_local_time/1
	      to  get  calendar time. Using the calendar time together with the MicroSecs part of
	      the return tuple from this function allows you to log timestamps in high resolution
	      and consistent with the time in the rest of the operating system.

	      Example  of  code  formatting a string in the format "DD Mon YYYY HH:MM:SS.mmmmmm",
	      where DD is the day of month, Mon is the textual month  name,  YYYY  is  the  year,
	      HH:MM:SS is the time and mmmmmm is the microseconds in six positions:

	      format_utc_timestamp() ->
		  TS = {_,_,Micro} = os:timestamp(),
		  {{Year,Month,Day},{Hour,Minute,Second}} =
		  Mstr = element(Month,{"Jan","Feb","Mar","Apr","May","Jun","Jul",
		  io_lib:format("~2w ~s ~4w ~2w:~2..0w:~2..0w.~6..0w",

	      The module above could be used in the following way:

	      1> io:format("~s~n",[print_time:format_utc_timestamp()]).
	      29 Apr 2009  9:55:30.051711

       type() -> {Osfamily, Osname} | Osfamily

	      Types  Osfamily = win32 | unix | vxworks
		     Osname = atom()

	      Returns the Osfamily and, in some cases, Osname of the current operating system.

	      On  Unix,  Osname  will have same value as uname -s returns, but in lower case. For
	      example, on Solaris 1 and 2, it will be sunos .

	      In Windows, Osname will be either nt (on Windows NT), or windows (on Windows 95).

	      On VxWorks the OS family alone is returned, that is vxworks .

       Think twice before using this function. Use the filename module if you want to inspect  or
       build file names in a portable way. Avoid matching on the Osname atom.

       version() -> {Major, Minor, Release} | VersionString

	      Types  Major = Minor = Release = integer()
		     VersionString = string()

	      Returns  the  operating  system  version.  On most systems, this function returns a
	      tuple, but a string will be returned instead if the system has versions which  can-
	      not be expressed as three numbers.

       Think twice before using this function. If you still need to use it, always call os:type()

Ericsson AB				  kernel 2.14.3 				 os(3erl)

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