Re: Running programs from the command line in Mathematica

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg90889] Re: Running programs from the command line in Mathematica*From*: John Jowett <John.M.Jowett at gmail.com>*Date*: Mon, 28 Jul 2008 07:53:01 -0400 (EDT)*References*: <g670kr$s30$1@smc.vnet.net> <g6c9fh$c24$1@smc.vnet.net>

I've posted to this effect before, but normally you can capture the output from terminal commands with ReadList or Import which provide various possibilities for parsing it. Try Import["!dir", "Text"] (on Windows) ReadList["!dir", Record] (on Windows) Import["!ls", "Lines" ] (on Unix-like) ReadList["!ls", Record] (on Unix-like) The exclamation mark is essential to distinguish the command from a file name. John Jowett On Jul 25, 12:21 pm, Steven Siew <stevensi... at gmail.com> wrote: > It seems Run[] does not capture any output from the program run. > > <from the online manual> > > It is important to realize that Run never =93captures=94 any of the o= utput > from an external command. As a result, where this output goes is > purely determined by your operating system. Similarly, Run does not > supply input to external commands. This means that the commands can > get input through any mechanism provided by your operating system. > Sometimes external commands may be able to access the same input and > output streams that are used by Mathematica itself. In some cases, > this may be what you want. But particularly if you are using > Mathematica with a front end, this can cause considerable trouble.