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Maybe a better way of doing it, but that's the first thing that comes to mind.

(newbies use this all the time without realizing that "PAUSE" actually executes the command-line function PAUSE.)

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Original post by squicklid
ok rad, and now how do i get the output from that?

there may be a better way, but you could redirect the output to a file with "> filename".

#include <cstdlib> // pretty sure this is where system() is
system( "dir > temp" ); // then open the file "temp" and read it

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On a POSIX compliant system, you'd create a pipe using the popen() function, then read from that using the standard file input functions (fread(), fgets(), fscanf() etc.) and finally close the stream with pclose(). Something like this:

#include <stdio.h>

int main()
// Open a pipe for reading ("r")
FILE *list = popen("ls -l", "r");

char line[80];
// Just echo the lines as they come
while(fgets(line, 80, list))
fputs(line, stdout);

// close the pipe

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