Thread: System calls in c

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    System calls in c

    Hi Everyone. I'm having problems with system calls, basically the commands that i can put into my terminal are fine but don't work as system calls from c.
    I'm using tcsh.
    In other words:
    (23) dino-shill:>setenv W_DIR widthdirectory
    (24) dino-shill:>echo $W_DIR
    and in C:

    	if(width < 20)
    	printf("cd 2amp/eps/10mto20m\n");
    	system("setenv W_DIR 2amp/eps/10mto20m");
    	system("echo $W_DIR");
    cd 2amp/eps/3m6to10m
    sh: setenv: command not found
    Is it because the c program is using sh while i am using tcsh?
    How do i tell the program to use tcsh?


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    Jack of many languages Dino's Avatar
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    Try using the setenv() and getenv() functions for environment variables.

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    You seem confused about what system() does. It invokes a shell, runs the command, then returns. That means that anything you do in that system() call will not "stick." You can't change directories, and you certainly can't set environment variables.

    Like Todd Burch said, you have to call setenv() and getenv() directly.

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