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Re: Query about call-process

From: Philipp Stephani
Subject: Re: Query about call-process
Date: Fri, 30 Mar 2018 19:44:25 +0000

Narendra Joshi <> schrieb am Fr., 30. März 2018 um
20:49 Uhr:

> Hi,
> The document string for `call-process' says that
> >           You can’t directly specify a buffer to put the error output
> >           in; that is too difficult to implement.  But you can achieve
> >           this result by sending the error output to a temporary file
> >           and then inserting the file into a buffer when the subprocess
> >           finishes.
> I would like to understand what makes doing this difficult?

It requires a select loop because you'd have to read from the stdout and
stderr pipe simultaneously. For the same reason, standard input also has to
come from a file.
Though the argument is a bit weird because `make-process' can do exactly
that. It would just require changing `call-process' to use a select loop to
achieve the same effect.

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