Getting output from console apps

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    Some products, such as MSVC++ can capture the output from an application they run (ie. a compiler).

    I want to do this, to create a sort of "windows console" - simmilar to consoles found in games, but a convinent way of using the command prompt without having to load it up all the time.

    So my problem is: How do I capture the output of a console app, or system command (like dir, cd, mkdir etc...)

    Thanks!!

    Jeff
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    Check MSDN for the following functions:

    AllocConsole
    GetStdHandle
    ReadConsole
    WriteConsole
    FreeConsole

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    Ok, now I have the following in my app:

    Code:
    AllocConsole();
    char foostring[] = "dir";
    system(foostring);
    Which outputs the return of a "dir" command into my new console. Now how do I make it instead of outputting that to the console window, put it into my own buffer?

    Thanks again,
    Jeff
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    Some compilers have popen() or _popen() which will open a pipe to a command. You might try searching your documentation for such things.
    When all else fails, read the instructions.
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