Commit 6b0311e1 authored by Robert Goldman's avatar Robert Goldman
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Merge branch '62-document-launch-program-oddities' into 'master'

Document LAUNCH-PROGRAM oddities.

Closes #62

See merge request !166
parents 0a0be2d3 3f2cc7c9
......@@ -513,7 +513,16 @@ IF-DOES-NOT-EXIST parameter to OPEN with :DIRECTION :INPUT.
ELEMENT-TYPE and EXTERNAL-FORMAT are passed on to your Lisp
implementation, when applicable, for creation of the output stream.
LAUNCH-PROGRAM returns a PROCESS-INFO object."
LAUNCH-PROGRAM returns a PROCESS-INFO object.
LAUNCH-PROGRAM currently does not smooth over all the differences between
implementations. Of particular note is when streams are provided for OUTPUT or
ERROR-OUTPUT. Some implementations don't support this at all, some support only
certain subclasses of streams, and some support any arbitrary
stream. Additionally, the implementations that support streams may have
differing behavior on how those streams are filled with data. If data is not
periodically read from the child process and sent to the stream, the child
could block because its output buffers are full."
#-(or abcl allegro clozure cmucl ecl (and lispworks os-unix) mkcl sbcl scl)
(progn command keys input output error-output directory element-type external-format
if-input-does-not-exist if-output-exists if-error-output-exists ;; ignore
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