C Program to execute programs in same console
herriojr at gmail.com
Wed Apr 5 13:56:12 UTC 2006
What I am trying to do is execute the command in the calling shell.
So, if I were to execute my program, which changes the directory, it
would do the following:
> ./myprog ..
That's basically what I'm looking for. Being able to modify the
calling shell with a program.
On 4/4/06, usleepless at gmail.com <usleepless at gmail.com> wrote:
> i believe you are mixing up some concepts.
> 1. if i read your title "C Program to execute programs in same
> console". i think this is easy, just use system("ls *.txt") and you
> are done. i believe you can choose wat to do with the output, i am not
> 2. but you come up with the cd-command, which you want to change the
> context of your parent shell. changing the home-dir of the current
> process ( your program ) can be done with chdir. altering the context
> of your parent-shell-process can not be done, except for setting
> environment variables ( through the proper C calls )
> but if you are running your program, your "shell" (interpreter) is
> temporarily not there: your program is running the show. every
> system,execvp or whatever call will give you a child-process with a
> new shell, not the parent-shell-process. i believe you may set
> environment variables in your parent shell with the appropiate library
> calls, but not through a system/execvp call.
> so, maybe you should define what you really want to achieve. for
> example, qdvd-author runs alls kinds of external programs to generate
> thumbnails and slideshows for example.
> anybody please correct me if i am wrong.
> On 4/4/06, Jonathan Herriott <herriojr at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Thanks for the suggestion. I haven't tried it yet, but I'll post if I
> > get it working.
> > Thanks,
> > Jon
> > On 4/3/06, cpghost <cpghost at cordula.ws> wrote:
> > > On Mon, Apr 03, 2006 at 05:45:19PM -0400, Bill Moran wrote:
> > > > On Mon, 3 Apr 2006 21:39:11 +0000
> > > > "Jonathan Herriott" <herriojr at gmail.com> wrote:
> > > > > So, my question is how can I get it to execute a cd in the current
> > > > > shell using c code. You don't have to give me the code, just give me
> > > > > a term to search for or a function to look up. I'm sure someone knows
> > > > > how to do it here!
> > > >
> > > > Unless I'm misunderstanding your question, "man 2 chdir" should help
> > out.
> > >
> > > Hmmm... chdir(2) would not change the parent process' (the shell's
> > > process) current working directory, only the current working directory
> > > of the process running the C program.
> > >
> > > Perhaps connecting to the shell via a pty, and then sending it a 'cd'
> > > command could work? Of look at how expect(1) (/usr/ports/lang/expect)
> > > implements this kind of stuff...
> > >
> > > Regards,
> > > -cpghost.
> > >
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