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I use the following to send an email at the end of a script.

echo "Script finished on `date`" | /usr/bin/Mail -s "Script complete" "myaccount@myserver.com".

However, I want to echo the same message onto the screen as well. How do I do that in the same statement?

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The easiest way is probably to tee the message to stderr as well as stdout:

echo "Script finished on date" | tee /dev/stderr \
    | /usr/bin/Mail -s "Script complete" "myaccount@myserver.com"

tee duplicates its input to multiple destinations, including stdout. By default, both stderr and stdout go to the screen; you're redirecting stdout to Mail, leaving just stderr going to the screen.

If you need it in stdout for some reason, you could redirect it back using a subshell (or several other ways):

    echo "Script finished on date" | tee /dev/stderr \
        | /usr/bin/Mail -s "Script complete" "myaccount@myserver.com"
) 2>&1
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alternatively, tee to a file and then mail the file...very useful if the output is huge and you want to send it, e.g., as a base64-encoded gzipped MIME attachment. or just redirect all output to a file (e.g. with exec &> $LOGFILE) and then restore stdout, cat the file to stdout and mail it. – cas Sep 19 '12 at 22:48
Awesome derobert. Thank you very much. – sammy Sep 20 '12 at 16:45
Thank you Craig. Since my text in this case is very small, I will go with the response from derobert. – sammy Sep 20 '12 at 16:45
Hmm.. this did work however I realized that I needed to add more to my problem description. I used this solution as the last line of my script. I used a "nohup" command on my script to collect all the output of my script as "nohup.out" and all I see is just this one line "Script finished on xxxxx". Prior to using this solution, I got all the script output fine. Is there a way how I can append the output of this last one line instead of erasing it all? – sammy Sep 24 '12 at 15:06
Using "tee -a" solved the problem. – sammy Sep 24 '12 at 16:09

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