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Tim Hunter wrote:
> very newbie wrote:
>   
>> how do i run a system command in ruby
>>
>> in php it is exec("commandhere");
>>
>> what is the ruby equivalent
>>     
>
> system("commandhere")
>
>   

`commandhere` will return the output:

irb(main):001:0> `ls -alt`
"total 8\ndrwxrwxr-x   2 justinc justinc 4096 Jun 14 12:55 
.\n-rw-rw-r--   1 justinc justinc    0 Jun 14 12:55 
another\n-rw-rw-r--   1 justinc justinc    0 Jun 14 12:55 
file\n-rw-rw-r--   1 justinc justinc    0 Jun 14 12:55 
afile\ndrwxr-xr-x  59 justinc justinc 4096 Jun 14 11:13 ..\n"

Also, please checkout http://ruby-doc.org/  and especially 
http://ruby-doc.org/core/classes/Kernel.html

-Justin

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