system call exit status

Eugene Tsyrklevich eugene at
Thu Jun 1 20:47:01 CDT 2000

what do you get when you run the unzip from a command line?

On Thu, Jun 01, 2000 at 04:24:50PM -0700, jeff wrote:
> ~sdpm~
> 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");
>           next;
> }
> 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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