Executing a shell command from Common Lisp
ITA has released inferior-shell under their QITAB umbrella project.
Some links of possible interest :
A git repository is currently hosted at common-lisp.net :
git clone git://common-lisp.net/projects/qitab/inferior-shell.git
ASDF provides a
RUN-SHELL-COMMAND that works with many Common Lisp implementations including ABCL, Allegro CL, CLISP, Clozure CL, ECL, GCL, LispWorks, SBCL, CMU, XCL and SCL.
It takes a control string and a list of arguments like
FORMAT, and synchronously executes the result using a Bourne-compatible shell. Capture output by binding an optional stream.
You can consider using Trivial-shell (url)
(trivial-shell:shell-command "echo foo")
shell-command returns output, so you can assign it to a variable.
In asdf.lisp file you can read:
;;;; We probably should move this functionality to its own system and deprecate
;;;; use of it from the asdf package. However, this would break unspecified
;;;; existing software, so until a clear alternative exists, we can't deprecate
;;;; it, and even after it's been deprecated, we will support it for a few
;;;; years so everyone has time to migrate away from it. -- fare 2009-12-01