Ronin Ronin - 1 month ago 7
C Question

return value of system() in C

I am using the

system()
command in C to execute commands like
sc query mysql
or
net start mysql
.

If the parameter is null pointer then it returns 1 if the cmd processor is OK, otherwise it returns 0. On successful command execution it returns 0.

My question is: Can I get a list of its return values? Like what it will return if the command is invalid or what the return value on unsuccessful execution will be? I want to do different things depending on the return value of
system()
.

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Answer

As the docs state system() return -1 if creating the new process for the command to be executed fails, otherwise it returns the exit code of the command executed. this is the same value you can retrieve using echo $? in unix or echo %ERRORLEVEL% in windows after executing the same command in a shell. So if you want to handle the return values you have to look at what the commands executed return.

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