system call exit status

jeff jeff at
Thu Jun 1 18:24:50 CDT 2000

How can I decode a non-zero exit status returned from the system
function call?

I'm trying the following

my @unzip_system = ('unzip', '-d', $tmp, '-q', "$tmp/");
if (system(@unzip_system)) {
          carp "system (@unzip_system) failed ($?)";
          system("rm -fr $tmp");

and getting the error...

system (unzip -d /tmp/unzip.20763 -q /tmp/unzip.20763/ failed
(65280) at /prod/newsfeed/bin/get_news line 90

What does the number 65280 mean?

Jeff Saenz
jeff at


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