Integration of rake tasks and shell commands with Rails generators?

Just starting to learn about rake and Rails generators... I have a
couple Qs I have yet to find answers to.

1. Can shell commands somehow be called from a generator's manifest
method? If so, is that poor form?
2. Can rake tasks be called from a generator's manifest method?

Thanks heaps, Elliott

Any thoughts on this one?

Thanks, Elliott

I found the syntax that makes shell calls from Ruby...

example_shell_command = `gem list`
puts example_shell_command

Elliott

This was a useful post for me on the topic of Ruby and the shell:
http://pasadenarb.com/2007/03/ruby-shell-commands.html