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When system() gets a scalar, it goes to the shell to execute the command. This means that you open a new shell instance (such a ksh), and run the program, including any redirection.

If system() gets an array, it instead does the fork() and then uses exec() to start the process. This by-passes the shell, so shell redirection does not work.
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In reply to Re: Array for system() call by MZSanford
in thread Array for system() call by proxima

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