Read/Write to Process

Dar Scott dsc at
Mon Dec 29 16:26:29 EST 2003

On Monday, December 29, 2003, at 02:01 PM, Roy Mendelssohn wrote:

> Can someone give me an example using read to process / write to 
> process commands to communicate with an external program?  I'm using 
> Revolution as an interface to feed input to a command-line executable 
> program (generated from Fortran).  I have successfully used the 
> "shell()" command to run the program, but I want to write to and get 
> feedback from the program as it runs.  I'm running Revolution 2.1.2 on 
> OSX.  Any advice would be much appreciated.

This does not work on OS X.  It is so bug ridden to be hardly useful on 
Windows.  The design seems to use a single pipe instead of a double 
pipe so if you need output after closing input, this won't work even 
when bugs are fixed.  Workaround attempts such as using pipe files and 
other things on OS X have not worked for me, but others might have had 
some success.

If you have control of the Fortran program, I'd look for another way to 
communicate.  If not, I'd look at stdin and stdout redirection to files 
in shell.

Dar Scott

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