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Loads and executes new child processes.
This API cannot be used in applications that execute in the Windows Runtime. For more information, see CRT functions not supported with /ZW.
intptr_t _execl( const char *cmdname, const char *arg0, ... const char *argn, NULL ); intptr_t _wexecl( const wchar_t *cmdname, const wchar_t *arg0, ... const wchar_t *argn, NULL );
Path of the file to be executed.
List of pointers to the parameters.
If successful, these functions do not return to the calling process. A return value of –1 indicates an error, in which case the
errno global variable is set.
||The space required for the arguments and environment settings exceeds 32 KB.|
||The specified file has a locking or sharing violation.|
||Invalid parameter (one or more of the parameters was a null pointer or empty string).|
||Too many files open (the specified file must be opened to determine whether it is executable).|
||The file or path is not found.|
||The specified file is not executable or has an invalid executable-file format.|
||Not enough memory is available to execute the new process; the available memory has been corrupted; or an invalid block exists, indicating that the calling process was not allocated properly.|
Each of these functions loads and executes a new process, passing each command-line argument as a separate parameter. The first argument is the command or executable file name, and the second argument should be the same as the first. It becomes
argv in the executed process. The third argument is the first argument,
argv, of the process being executed.
_execl functions validate their parameters. If either
arg0 is a null pointer or empty string, these functions invoke the invalid parameter handler as described in Parameter Validation If execution is allowed to continue, these functions set
EINVAL and return -1. No new process is executed.
|Function||Required header||Optional header|
||<process.h> or <wchar.h>||<errno.h>|
For more compatibility information, see Compatibility.
See the example in _exec, _wexec Functions.