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Re: some dired hints should be background jobs

From: John Wiegley
Subject: Re: some dired hints should be background jobs
Date: Sun, 02 Mar 2003 17:00:01 -0700
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>>>>> Luc Teirlinck <address@hidden> writes:

> I know so little about MS Windows (I use GNU/Linux) that I do not
> really understand the above.  Do you mean we could not make "xpdf *
> &" the default because MS Windows does not understand & and hence
> it would not be portable?  Does MS Windows have a notion of job
> control?  It must have a notion of asynchronous command since it is
> a windowing system.

Yep, that's exactly what I mean.  On some Windows shells you can use
"start", but not all.  In fact, I don't believe there is any common
way of backgrounding a job that gets run via shell invocation.

This could mean that "&" is just a UNIX(ish) thing.


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