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I'm trying to watch curl for live feedback on HTTP tweaks. However, when I execute the command, the output is garbled with some download stats. I've tried sending curl's stderr to /dev/null, to no avail.

When playing with curl on it's own, this output seems nowhere to be found.

What am I missing?


the full command line I'm running is actually

watch --color -d "curl -I sandbox.dev | ccze", because I want colorized output. It seems that if I remove the ccze pipe things are a little better, altough the download stats are still there.

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up vote 9 down vote accepted

It seems curl does print the progress stats only when stdout is not a terminal. (e.g. curl -I sandbox.dev|cat would give you these results, too) You can disable these, however.

From the manpage

          Silent or quiet mode. Don't show progress meter or
          error messages. Makes Curl mute.
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guess I should of RTFM :) anyway, thank you! – Andrei Sep 14 '12 at 23:29

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