On UniVerse/unix I can use the SH command to execute operating system commands, but I'm not able to find anything about performing OS commands from the UniVerse/Windows platform. There must be a way to do this. Specifically, I'm trying to call blat.exe from a UniBasic program to send an email.
There are actually two ways to do this.
The first, you can call out using a DOS command thus:
DOS /C your_command
If the command is also an executable you can set a direct verb pointer,
CT VOC BLAT
>CT VOC BLAT
Here's a snippet on how I use it:
* first write the text of the message onto the current
directory as a .txt file ..
Write Text On UFD,Id:".txt"
* then call BLAT as a verb
ExLine = "BLAT ":Id:".txt"
ExLine := " -to ":Email
ExLine := ' -s "':Subject:'"'
ExLine := ' -p my_profile'
Execute ExLine CAPTURING OUT
NOTE that I'm using a named profile to store the configuration details. You need to do that (or provide them all on the command line which is a nice security hole) since each UV session runs under the credentials of the login user, and BLAT stores its profiles on a per-user basis.
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