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Re: system() fails on pristine Windows systems

Brian Dessent wrote:
> That is how system() works on every unix platform: "/bin/sh -c %s"

Yep.  Got it.

> You could fork() and exec(), or just call one of the spawn() family of
> functions.  This is all open source you know, you could look and see how
> system() is implemented in winsup/cygwin/

I'll have to look and see there.  The fork()/exec()/spawn() functions
don't quite do what I need, though.

> The path is irrelevent because it's called as "/bin/sh -c cmd", and the
> location of /bin is taken from the mount table.  On your systems without

Ummm...  are you saying that I have a Cygwin mount table outside of Cygwin?

> Cygwin installed you could just mount /bin to point to a directory that
> contains sh.exe and it would work.  Though I don't recommend that.  If

Yeah - I thought of that.  But then I have to call mount, but not from
inside the running program (since, obviously, that won't work for the
same reason).  I'll try running it from a batch file on a non-Cygwin
machine.  Thanks for the tip.

> you can avoid not depending on the mount table it will probably make
> your program work better on systems without Cygwin installed.  However,
> that's kind of off topic for this list, as people here don't really care
> about experiences of people that don't have Cygwin installed.

Sorry.  I read on the Cygwin page that this group was the catch-all for
all sorts of Cygwin-related problems, other than the ones specifically
covered by the other lists.  Clearly, this is Cygwin-related.  I thought
I was in the right place.  Apologies for the intrusion - I'm just
looking for answers to my Cygwin problem.


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