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C's system() & COMMAND.COM (Developers)

posted by marcov(R), 18.09.2014, 12:18

> > The problem is there's no
> > way you can know what that is. The only sane thing you can do is a
> > "%COMSPEC% /C ..." and figure out some other way to return the
> ErrorLevel
> > if that's critical to you.
> That's the very problem I came with. I don't need it to be restated to me.
> Can you be more specific? Otherwise, those are empty and meaningless words.

If you are so focussed on the exitcode, I think simplest is having both. One focusses on errorlevel, and one that really always runs the shell.

Depending on the codebases that you run, you select the variant that gets the system() identifier. Or make it an alias even depending on a define in the header. (like #ifdef unicode in windows headers)

And document it very, very thoroughly.


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