Problem with ghc on Windows ME

Malcolm Wallace Malcolm.Wallace at
Thu Jan 29 13:48:26 EST 2004

"Simon Marlow" <simonmar at> writes:

>                                                   The implementation of
> rawSystem will attempt to compensate for the internal translation that
> Windows does on the command-line; on Unix no translation is necessary.
> So clients of rawSystem should be more portable, because they don't have
> to know about quoting that happens under the hood.

This is probably a silly naming question, but aren't the names of
'System.system' and 'rawSystem' the wrong way round?  On the face
of things, it would seem sensible for System.system to have the more
portable behaviour, and rawSystem to be dependent on local conventions.
After all, System.system is defined in the official Libraries Report
making no mention of any portability problems, whereas the name 'raw'
suggests that no interpretation/quoting is going on, and hence it
may be highly dependent on the underlying system.


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