I need to run a shell command with system() in Perl. For example,
That's what backticks are for. From
Why can't I get the output of a command with
You're confusing the purpose of
system()and backticks (``).
system()runs a command and returns exit status information (as a 16 bit value: the low 7 bits are the signal the process died from, if any, and the high 8 bits are the actual exit value). Backticks (``) run a command and return what it sent to STDOUT.
my $exit_status = system("mail-users"); my $output_string = `ls`;
perldoc perlop for more details.