Capturing output from `system'

From: Christian Lynbech <>
Date: Tue, 17 Oct 1995 11:30:12 GMT

Is it possible to capture the output from commands run through
`system'. The obvious solution of

        (with-output-to-string (lambda () (system command)))

does not seem to work in STk 2.2 (SGI, Irix 5.3).

I know of `exec' but then I loose the return value of the command and
using `run-process' does not seem to change anything.

Is there any way I can get the combined effects of `system' (return
value) and `exec' (process output)? Or must I do some trickery with
`exec', getting the shell-command to include the sub-command status in
the output.

Christian Lynbech | Computer Science Department, University of Aarhus
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