Perl Redirect Command Output

In Perl, you can execute external commands using system() or “. However, system and “ does not redirect command output to console and this results people who runs your perl script can’t see it. This also make debug much harder. Perl does not have a build in switch that equals to batch scripts’ “@echo on”, however this can be worked around by creating a ExecuteCommand subroutine.

sub ExecuteCommand {
my $cmd= $_;
my @cmdoutput = `$cmd`;
for $line (@cmdoutput) {
print $line;

Now just change your code from system($command) or `$command` to ExecuteCommand($command) and you will see all command output are redirected to console.

En, good but …

I want to see the command that it’s running

Just add print following line prior the call of command.

print “Now running $cmd …n”;

or call your logging subrountine.

I want to know return code of $cmd

Use my $cmdexitcode = $? >> 8; to get the return code of $cmd and then add     return $cmdexitcode; at the end of ExecuteCommand

I want to pass more than one command to ExecuteCommand

Try this version

sub ExecuteCommand {
@cmdlist = (@_);
my $cmd = join(” & “, @cmdlist);
my @cmdoutput = `$cmd`;
my $cmdexitcode = $? >> 8;
for $line (@cmdoutput) {
print $line;
return $cmdexitcode;

Now you should call ExecuteCommand like this when you want to pass more than one command.

push @cmdlist, $cmd1;
push @cmdlist, $cmd2;
push @cmdlist, $cmd3;

And $cmd1, cmd2, cmd3 will be run in one context shell.


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