Subject: Re: Using Lisp to Call another program in linux?
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 11 Nov 2002 01:42:18 +0000
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* Scott Schwartz
| Great!  So what's the portable way to do what the original poster asked for?

  It seems that you have some problems realizing that the request /cannot/
  be portable to begin with.

  If you think POSIX is portable, then only POSIX-validated systems count.
  This is like saying Windows is portable because only Windows platforms

| I suggested (POSIX::system "some program") as the obvious solution,

  To a Common Lisp programmer, two colons means "this is wrong".

| but one that would require the lisp community to recognise that there is
| a standard, portable, API, that's almost always available, certainly
| available if you're running on any form of unix or windows.

  But Common Lisp does not thusly limit itself.

Erik Naggum, Oslo, Norway

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