ActiveState and spawning commands

Eugene Tsyrklevich eugene at
Tue May 30 11:23:56 CDT 2000

> > how about
> > system("identify", "image.jpg") == 0 or die "system failed: $?"
> > does that fail too?
> I assumed that if backtick and opening a pipe fail, system will 
> undoubtedly fail, too.  Yup -- I just tried it.

you assumed wrong.

> Actually, in today's test, all three variants (backtick, pipe, system) 
> fail without setting $? nonzero!  And yet, the very same command, 
> from the command line, works.
> >what version of perl are you using?
> I think I'm using ActivePerl version 5.20.  perl -v reports binary build 
> 522, from 11/99.
> > did you see ?
> Of course.  

so what version of perl (not activeperl version/build) are you using?
according to the above webpage perl version 5.005_02 or higher is required for perlmagick to work 

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