extending uiop/run-program

Robert Goldman rpgoldman at sift.net
Tue Aug 2 14:04:09 UTC 2016

On 8/1/16 Aug 1 -7:06 PM, Jason Miller wrote:
>> My Windows box is now fixed.  Sort of.  But I really don't understand
>> Windows, and have no desire to learn.  I can run the tests, and check
>> their results, but that's about the limit.  I have no intention of
>> fussing around with cmd.exe and the like...
>> Some time ago, Faré suggested that it might be worth replacing use of
>> cmd.exe with powershell in UIOP/run-program.
>> I don't really know what powershell is, but I get the impression it's a
>> shell that's less horrible than cmd.exe.
> Powershell is an improved shell that ships with all versions of windows
> from 7 on, (and server 2008R2 on).  It is available going as far back as
> XP as an optional download, so it would be an external requirement for
> UIOP for Vista and older.

Do any Windows users out there have judgments about how onerous it would
be to impose this requirement?

>From what Jason says, it seems like it might be a nuisance now, but as
we move forward, this should be an acceptable change.


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