|Perl: the Markov chain saw|
exec() on Windowsby vitoco (Friar)
|on May 25, 2010 at 21:50 UTC||Need Help??|
vitoco has asked for the
wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:
I have a script that creates a file with a registered file type extension. When it is completed, I want to automagically run an application to open and display it.
I can use exec() as the last command of my script, and it works, except that the script waits for the app to close, just like system().
I'm not calling a program to open the doc, instead, I'm calling directly the created file, and expect Windows to chose for the proper or default app for that extension (just like a double click over the file in explorer).
Is there a workaround to this problem other than to call the application with my doc as a parameter using a list? My file is pure HTML, and I don't want to force the use of IE.
BTW, if I run a second instance of my script while the first one is waiting for IE to exit, it exits as expected just after the doc is displayed on a second tab, even if I use system()!!! (i.e. it does not wait... Argh!)