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Gurusamy Sarathy


Shell - run shell commands transparently within perl


See below.


  Date: Thu, 22 Sep 94 16:18:16 -0700
  Message-Id: <9409222318.AA17072@scalpel.netlabs.com>
  To: perl5-porters@isu.edu
  From: Larry Wall <lwall@scalpel.netlabs.com>
  Subject: a new module I just wrote

Here's one that'll whack your mind a little out.


    use Shell;

    $foo = echo("howdy", "<funny>", "world");
    print $foo;

    $passwd = cat("</etc/passwd");
    print $passwd;

    sub ps;
    print ps -ww;

    cp("/etc/passwd", "/tmp/passwd");

That's maybe too gonzo. It actually exports an AUTOLOAD to the current package (and uncovered a bug in Beta 3, by the way). Maybe the usual usage should be

    use Shell qw(echo cat ps cp);


If you set $Shell::capture_stderr to 1, the module will attempt to capture the STDERR of the process as well.

The module now should work on Win32.



Larry Wall

Changes by Jenda@Krynicky.cz and Dave Cottle <d.cottle@csc.canterbury.ac.nz>