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Waits for new command processor and closes stream on associated pipe.

int _pclose(
   FILE *stream 


Return value from previous call to _popen.

Return Value

Returns the exit status of the terminating command processor, or –1 if an error occurs. The format of the return value is the same as that for _cwait, except the low-order and high-order bytes are swapped.


The _pclose function looks up the process ID of the command processor (CMD.EXE) started by the associated _popen call, executes a _cwait call on the new command processor, and closes the stream on the associated pipe.


Routine Required header Compatibility
_pclose <stdio.h> Win 98, Win Me, Win NT, Win 2000, Win XP

For additional compatibility information, see Compatibility in the Introduction.


All versions of the C run-time libraries.

See Also

Process and Environment Control Routines | _pipe | _popen | Run-Time Routines and .NET Framework Equivalents