Guile comes with a lot of useful modules, for example for string processing or command line parsing. Additionally, there exist many Guile modules written by other Guile hackers, but which have to be installed manually.
Here is a sample interactive session that shows how to use the
(ice-9 popen) module which provides the means for communicating
with other processes over pipes together with the
rdelim) module that provides the function
$ guile scheme@(guile-user)> (use-modules (ice-9 popen)) scheme@(guile-user)> (use-modules (ice-9 rdelim)) scheme@(guile-user)> (define p (open-input-pipe "ls -l")) scheme@(guile-user)> (read-line p) $1 = "total 30" scheme@(guile-user)> (read-line p) $2 = "drwxr-sr-x 2 mgrabmue mgrabmue 1024 Mar 29 19:57 CVS"