Ok.  Thanks for that.  I guess this is going to be trial and error.  My 
concern is that i am wasting my time trying to fix something that may be 
working ... and that it could be DOSEMU that isn't...

I need to find a way to test it with something else... Hmmm...

So, I wonder what IO.pipes does?

Thanks for your help.

Mark

At 19:34 19/05/2003 +0900, you wrote:

>As far as I know, a *named* pipe is just opened using File.open as if it
>were a file (i.e. no kernel stuff required). This is how it works in Unix
>anyway.
>
>Regards,
>
>Brian.