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[REBOL] Re: Shell access for Rebol, was: zip file support

From: kracik:mbox:dkm:cz at: 20-Mar-2001 15:54

Me too :-) I'll give an example why I want shell access in Core. I could write a rather cool programmer's tool in REBOL. The script could: checkout a project from CVS server, run make (which runs C++ compiler and linker), run unit tests, send log via email, pack distribution files with zip, tar and gzip, upload it to a web site, send all subscribers notification email, all from REBOL in one step. Writing such application in REBOL with shell access would take several hours. And it would be even portable between Windows, Linux, and, for example, Solaris, because all used tools are already ported and behave identically on different platforms. I know that sending email with SMTP protocol is more portable than calling /usr/bin/sendmail, and 'parse is more portable than calling awk. But the application I described cannot be written portably in REBOL without shell access, because REBOL does not contain CVS client, make functionality, C++ compiler and linker, tar, zip and gzip. -- Michal Kracik GS Jones wrote: