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I try to insert automatic timestamps into a LaTeX file, to get id's for some items On a windows machine I have got the following macro (JavaScript):

    var res=system("c:\\cygwin\\bin\\bash.exe -c '/bin/date +%%s'");
    var timestamp=res.readAllStandardOutputStr();

I can see the correct result (a long number indicating seconds) appear on the messages screen in TeXStudio:

    Prozess gestartet: c:\cygwin\bin\bash.exe -c '/bin/date +%s'
    Prozess endete normal

Nothing spectacular. I tested the exit code, which was OK as well. But it seems not to gather stdout using readAllStandardOutputStr() as I see nothing to appear in my file. editor.write seems to work according to tests I tried. Putting readAllStandardOutputStr() after waitForFinished() didn't help either. Help ot hint appreciated.

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Indeed, the standard output is empty. Likely it get's read out internally for the message panel before your call (This would be a bug, or at least a misleading description in the documentation). In your case, you can use this code:

var res=system("texdoc --version");
res.standardOutputRead.connect( function(output) {
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This answer definitely works, many thanks. – Ulrich Hauser-Ehninger Feb 20 '14 at 10:33

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