in reply to System() or the like

Um, I am surprised nobody has mentioned qx//. I tend to prefer qx{ foo } over backticks because it is much easier to see at high resolution.

Also, several shell programming books I have read say that the use of backticks is, er, deprecated. They prefer to use $(), which qx{} somewhat resembles.

Just my too sense.

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