Alternate implementations of system() and backticks “ on Windows for ruby-1.8 and earlier.

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Constants
WINDOWS = RbConfig::CONFIG["host_os"] =~ %r!(msdos|mswin|djgpp|mingw|[Ww]indows)!
 
RUNNABLE_EXTS = %w[com exe bat cmd]
 
RUNNABLE_PATTERN = %r!\.(#{RUNNABLE_EXTS.join('|')})\Z!i
 
Class Public methods
define_module_function(name, &block)
# File lib/rake/alt_system.rb, line 36
def define_module_function(name, &block)
  define_method(name, &block)
  module_function(name)
end
Instance Public methods
backticks(cmd)
# File lib/rake/alt_system.rb, line 98
def backticks(cmd)
  kernel_backticks(repair_command(cmd))
end
find_runnable(file)
# File lib/rake/alt_system.rb, line 71
def find_runnable(file)
  if file =~ RUNNABLE_PATTERN
    file
  else
    RUNNABLE_EXTS.each { |ext|
      if File.exist?(test = "#{file}.#{ext}")
        return test
      end
    }
    nil
  end
end
repair_command(cmd)
# File lib/rake/alt_system.rb, line 51
def repair_command(cmd)
  "call " + (
    if cmd =~ %r!\A\s*\".*?\"!
      # already quoted
      cmd
    elsif match = cmd.match(%r!\A\s*(\S+)!)
      if match[1] =~ %r!/!
        # avoid x/y.bat interpretation as x with option /y
        %Q!"#{match[1]}"! + match.post_match
      else
        # a shell command will fail if quoted
        cmd
      end
    else
      # empty or whitespace
      cmd
    end
  )
end
system(cmd, *args)
# File lib/rake/alt_system.rb, line 84
def system(cmd, *args)
  repaired = (
    if args.empty?
      [repair_command(cmd)]
    elsif runnable = find_runnable(cmd)
      [File.expand_path(runnable), *args]
    else
      # non-existent file
      [cmd, *args]
    end
  )
  kernel_system(*repaired)
end