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If you copy the contents of


and then paste it into a cat command.. such as this one..

cat > /test << EOF
pasted here..

you run into this error:

-bash: command substitution: line 1: unexpected EOF while looking for matching `''
-bash: command substitution: line 4: syntax error: unexpected end of file

perhaps the solution is to escape the dollar signs and maybe even quotes and so on..

but given that this is such a large file.. can dollar signs be automatically be escaped ?

is my only option to escape them via another program and then give it to the cat command ?

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Compare the two here documents in the following example:

(yeti@darkstar:6)~/wrk/tmp$ cat ./xyzzy 
cat << EOF
Version 1 - Today is $(date)
cat << 'EOF'
Version 2 - Today is $(date)
(yeti@darkstar:6)~/wrk/tmp$ ./xyzzy 
Version 1 - Today is Sa 21. Jun 08:51:38 CEST 2014
Version 2 - Today is $(date)
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Use quotes around the "EOF" string:

cat > /test <<'EOF'
stuff $(pwd)


stuff $(pwd)


See the bash manual on heredocs. Any quotes in the terminator string prevent any expansions and substitutions in the body.

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