Griddo Griddo - 1 month ago 11
Ruby Question

How to retrieve exit status from ruby Open3.popen3()?

I seem to be stuck trying to retrieve the exit status of a shell command which was started from ruby's Open3.popen3()-method.

Here's my code:

require 'open3'
stdin, stdout, stderr = Open3.popen3('ls')


When I now try to access
$?
it still is
nil


Is it possible to retrieve the exit status after all?

Notes:

-
ls
is not the command I'm trying to use in my script. I just used this to give an example. My script is a bit more complex and contains user input, which is why I need the sanitizing functionality of Open3.

- I've also tried the block variant of popen3, but didn't succeed with that either.

Answer

popen3 yields/returns four parameters, stdin, stdout, stderr and wait_thr. wait_thr contains a method wait_thr.value which returns the exit status of the command (in fact, it is a Process::Status object according to documentation). Also have a look at http://www.ruby-doc.org/stdlib-1.9.3/libdoc/open3/rdoc/Open3.html#method-c-popen3

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