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Example: system Process Control Functions

Executes an operating system command.

int system( const char *string); 

string The string that is passed to the resident operating system for execution.

Return Values

If a command was successfully executed the command interpreter returns an adequate value; generally 0 indicates that the action performed by the command interpreter terminated with no errors.

A return value of -1 indicates an error, and global variable errno is set to one of the following errors:

Value Description
ENOENT Command interpreter not found
ENOEXEC Command interpreter is not executable
ENOMEM Error allocating memory for the process
E2BIG Argument list too big

For system details, refer to your C language documentation.