.\" Copyright (c) 1990, 1991, 1993 .\" The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved. .\" .\" This code is derived from software contributed to Berkeley by .\" the American National Standards Committee X3, on Information .\" Processing Systems. .\" .\" Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without .\" modification, are permitted provided that the following conditions .\" are met: .\" 1. Redistributions of source code must retain the above copyright .\" notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer. .\" 2. Redistributions in binary form must reproduce the above copyright .\" notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer in the .\" documentation and/or other materials provided with the distribution. .\" 4. Neither the name of the University nor the names of its contributors .\" may be used to endorse or promote products derived from this software .\" without specific prior written permission. .\" .\" THIS SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED BY THE REGENTS AND CONTRIBUTORS ``AS IS'' AND .\" ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE .\" IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE .\" ARE DISCLAIMED. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE REGENTS OR CONTRIBUTORS BE LIABLE .\" FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL .\" DAMAGES (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS .\" OR SERVICES; LOSS OF USE, DATA, OR PROFITS; OR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION) .\" HOWEVER CAUSED AND ON ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, STRICT .\" LIABILITY, OR TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE) ARISING IN ANY WAY .\" OUT OF THE USE OF THIS SOFTWARE, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF .\" SUCH DAMAGE. .\" .\" @(#)system.3 8.1 (Berkeley) 6/4/93 .\" $FreeBSD: src/lib/libc/stdlib/system.3,v 1.13 2008/06/26 08:24:59 danger Exp $ .\" .Dd June 4, 1993 .Dt SYSTEM 3 .Os .Sh NAME .Nm system .Nd pass a command to the shell .Sh LIBRARY .Lb libc .Sh SYNOPSIS .In stdlib.h .Ft int .Fn system "const char *command" .Sh DESCRIPTION The .Fn system function hands the argument .Fa command to the command interpreter .Xr sh 1 . The calling process waits for the shell to finish executing the command, ignoring .Dv SIGINT and .Dv SIGQUIT , and blocking .Dv SIGCHLD . .Pp If .Fa command is a .Dv NULL pointer, .Fn system will return non-zero if the command interpreter .Xr sh 1 is available, and zero if it is not. .Sh RETURN VALUES The .Fn system function returns the exit status of the shell as returned by .Xr waitpid 2 , or \-1 if an error occurred when invoking .Xr fork 2 or .Xr waitpid 2 . A return value of 127 means the execution of the shell failed. .Sh SEE ALSO .Xr sh 1 , .Xr execve 2 , .Xr fork 2 , .Xr waitpid 2 , .Xr popen 3 .Sh STANDARDS The .Fn system function conforms to .St -isoC and is expected to be .St -p1003.2 compatible.