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system command in perl - prompt does not return back - window

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Hi All,
Greetings. May be simple issue but your help sought.
I am executing the system command like
$res=system("notepad.exe"); thro a perl file named

At command prompt - when I enter
perl , I could see that notepad was opened but the control - I say as prompt ( in windows) does not return back.
It looks like perl response is hanging.
I have to stop the precess with ctrl+c

Any idea ??
Envn - Windows XP
This is perl, v5.8.9 built for MSWin32-x86-multi-thread
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May 27 '10 #1
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The system function will block until the executed command completes, which in this case is when you close/exit notepad.

Please read: `perldoc -f system`

If you want to create a detached process, you could use the Win32::Process module.
May 27 '10 #2

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You can use the exec command to create a detached process.

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  1. exec("notepad.exe")
Jun 8 '10 #3

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