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Revision 1.12, Thu Feb 7 07:00:30 2002 UTC (18 years ago) by ross
CVS Tags: netbsd-1-6-base, netbsd-1-6-RELEASE, netbsd-1-6-RC3, netbsd-1-6-RC2, netbsd-1-6-RC1, netbsd-1-6-PATCH002-RELEASE, netbsd-1-6-PATCH002-RC4, netbsd-1-6-PATCH002-RC3, netbsd-1-6-PATCH002-RC2, netbsd-1-6-PATCH002-RC1, netbsd-1-6-PATCH002, netbsd-1-6-PATCH001-RELEASE, netbsd-1-6-PATCH001-RC3, netbsd-1-6-PATCH001-RC2, netbsd-1-6-PATCH001-RC1, netbsd-1-6-PATCH001, netbsd-1-6
Changes since 1.11: +2 -2
Generate <>& symbolically.
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.\" from: @(#)system.3 8.1 (Berkeley) 6/4/93
.Dd June 4, 1993
.Dt SYSTEM 3
.Nd pass a command to the shell
.Fd #include \*[Lt]stdlib.h\*[Gt]
.Fn system "const char *string"
hands the argument
to the command interpreter
.Xr sh 1 .
The calling process waits for the shell to finish executing the command,
.Dv SIGQUIT ,
.Dv SIGCHLD .
will return non-zero.
returns the termination status of the shell in the format specified by
.Xr waitpid 2 .
.Sh RETURN VALUES
If a child process cannot be created, or the termination status of
the shell cannot be obtained,
returns -1 and sets
to indicate the error.
If execution of the shell fails,
returns the termination status for a program that terminates with a call of
.Fn exit 127 .
.Sh SEE ALSO
.Xr sh 1 ,
.Xr execve 2 ,
.Xr waitpid 2 ,
.Xr popen 3
.St -p1003.2-92 .