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Re^4: System path

by welle (Beadle)
on Apr 30, 2011 at 13:10 UTC ( #902185=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^3: System path
in thread System path

"files" is just the directory containing the .exe file. Just to give you an idea. The following works fine

sub convert{ system ("files/pdftotext.exe -nopgbrk - q example.pdf" ); }

It converts example.pdf in example.txt. Crazy enough I am loosing so much time for this stupid thing...

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Re^5: System path
by Eliya (Vicar) on Apr 30, 2011 at 13:19 UTC

    I'm no Windows person, but I know that Perl's internal processing of system arguments is rather complex... so maybe the difference of this example here (which works) to the other case with the quoted argument has the effect that the latter is executed via cmd.exe, while the former executes files/pdftotext.exe directly (in which case the forward slash wouldn't be a problem).  Just a guess, though, as at the moment I don't have a Windows to try.

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