Returning a pipe?

i’m writting a RubyCocoa application for synchronizing folders of a
computer to folders of an usb key.

to let the user not bored, because it could takes time, i have a log
window where i print the messages coming from rsync.

on another side, i need the call to rsync to have root privileges,
then i’m writing a tinu ruby module in C to get the root privileges
for rsync.

the way it is done, for the time being :

C side:

if ( myStatus != errAuthorizationSuccess ) break;
FILE *myCommunicationsPipe = NULL;
char myReadBuffer[ LINE_MAX ];

myFlags = kAuthorizationFlagDefaults;

myStatus = AuthorizationExecuteWithPrivileges( myAuthorizationRef,
myToolPath, myFlags,
&myCommunicationsPipe );
if ( bufferOut != NULL )
if ( myStatus == errAuthorizationSuccess )
int i = 0;
int len;
while ( fgets( myReadBuffer, LINE_MAX, myCommunicationsPipe ) )
bufferOut[ i ] = strdup( myReadBuffer );
len = strlen( bufferOut[ i ] );
bufferOut[ i ] += len - 1;
*bufferOut[ i ] = 0; // ~= chomp
bufferOut[ i ] -= len - 1;
bufferOut[ i ] = NULL;

C ext to Ruby side:

VALUE ary = rb_ary_new2( LINES_MAX );
i = 0;
while( bufferOut[ i ] != NULL)
rb_ary_push( ary, (VALUE) rb_str_new2( bufferOut[ i ] ) );

return ary;

obviously, it works but i’m not satisfied of the returned result
because the user gets an array of it’s whole at a time, where i would
prefer continously outputting the values (string in this case)

then i wonder if there is a way somehow to return the
“myCommunicationsPipe” above directly (more directly) from C to ruby.

something like IO.popen…

BUT, i’ve tried IO.popen in my RubyCocoa app it doesn’t work as
expected, i get the whole result at a time intead of having the
results in a line by nline basis…

some light about that ?

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