Morris, Chris wrote:


> Seems maybe this is just a bug report:


Kinda. Perhaps more than one "bugreport", but still a potential RCR. The 
problem may be which level of platform independence and ease of use / 
convenience is seen as sufficient, and which OSes are sen as worthy to 
be supported.

Although I don't want to start tests because I don't have the stuff 
required to compile a comprehensive list, here's what your examples did 
here:


telnetted to
Welcome to SuSE Linux 8.0 (i386) - Kernel 2.4.18-64GB-SMP (3).
[...]
spe150> uname -a
Linux spe150 2.4.18-64GB-SMP #1 SMP Wed Mar 27 13:58:12 UTC 2002 i686 
unknown
spe150> ruby --version
ruby 1.6.7 (2002-03-01) [i686-linux]
spe150> ruby -e 'puts `date`'
Fri May 24 09:53:00 EDT 2002
spe150> ruby -e "puts(system('date'))"
Fri May 24 10:04:54 EDT 2002
true


WinME, PragProg Installer

C:\>ruby --version
ruby 1.6.5 (2001-09-19) [i386-cygwin]
C:\>ruby -e 'puts `date`'
-e:1: command not found: date
C:\>date
Aktuelles Datum: Fr, 24.05.2002
Neues Datum (TT.MM.JJ):
C:\>ruby -e "puts(system('date'))"
false


Tobi


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