run a command using shell
shell command [command] . . .
The shell function concatenates its arguments,
separating each by a space,
and passes this string to the UNIX system shell
($SHELL if set, otherwise
Since the Form and Menu Language does not directly support background processing,
the shell function can be used instead.
`shell "build prog > /dev/null &"`
If you want the user to continue to be able to interact
with the application while the background job is running,
the output of an executable run by shell in the background
must be redirected: to a file if you want to save the output, or
to /dev/null if you don't want to save it (or if there is no output),
application may appear to be hung until the background job finishes processing.
shell can also be used to execute a command that has the same name
as an FMLI built-in function.
The arguments to shell will be concatenated using spaces,
which may or may not do what is expected.
The variables set in local environments will not be expanded
by the shell because ``local'' means ``local to the current process.''
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UnixWare 7 Release 7.1.4 - 25 April 2004