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Sunday February 12, 2006
05:20 PM

run a program and capture stdout and completion status?

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I'm looking for a snippet or simple module that run an external command and capture the completion status and stdout. I found some partial snippets in the camel book, but I'd really prefer something a bit more tested/complete. This is my note to dive into CPAN. Any suggestions are appreciated.


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  • According to perlop [], you can simply use backticks AKA qx to run the external command and capture STDOUT; the status will be returned in $?.

    A string enclosed by backticks (grave accents) first undergoes double-quote interpolation. It is then interpreted as an external command, and the output of that command is the value of the backtick string, like in a shell. In scalar context, a single string consisting of all output is returned. In list context, a list of values is returned, one per line of output. (You