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Please help explain this bash output redirection

This script was posted as answer to a Question. And I'm trying to work out what's going on. result=$( { { ssh host app-status >&3 3>&-; echo "$?" } | { until read ...
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What is the relationship between a program's output, standard output, and its file descriptors?

Let's assume that I am running wget which is downloading something. It's printing some text to my terminal and writes the downloaded data into a file. From a terminology point of view, what is the ...
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Which socket is gnome-shell reading from continuously?

strace shows that the GNOME shell is continuously trying to read from a socket, which is often not available (or doesn't contain any data to read from): strace -p gnome-shell-pid -e trace=recvfrom ...
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Output order with process substitution

This is what I usually do to run grep and wc on a file without having to scan it twice <file.txt tee >(grep LITERAL) >(wc -l) >/dev/null However, this yields EXEC LITERAL 32 ...
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Does OpenBSD have a limit to the number of file descriptors?

What's the maximum number of file descriptors that a process can get on OpenBSD successfully? For example, there is an openfiles limit in login.conf(5) in OpenBSD. If I want to have as many file ...
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Print a message from the left-hand side of a pipe

I want to use a variable from the main shell in a sub shell. I did: export mysql_root_password="test" ( echo $mysql_root_password ) | dialog --gauge "Working hard..." 6 50 There is no output. ...
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Why doesn't the process substitution <() work with ssh -F

I have some vagrant virtual machines. To log into them I issue the vagrant ssh command. I want to log into them using regular ssh command. The vagrant ssh-config outputs the suitable config file $ ...
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AIX open() : file descriptor is zero (!?)

A daemon process, on detecting the presence of a text file in a particular directory then launches an executable file which opens the aforementioned text file in order to read and then transmit its ...
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Replacing stdout with stderr

Is it possible to redirect the output from a command to replace the text sent to stdout with the text from stderr? $ ./script this line is redirected to stdout this line is redirected to stderr $ ...
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File descriptor and fork

When a child is forked then it inherits parent's file descriptors, if child closes the file descriptor what will happen ? If child starts writing what shall happen to the file at the parent's end ? ...
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How to circumvent “Too many open files” in debian

If I want to see all relevant log files of my apache2 server at once, I use tail -f /var/kunden/logs/*log /var/kunden/logs/*log /var/log/apache2/*log |grep -v robots|grep -v favicon But since those ...
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Limits on the number of file descriptors

I'm trying to install 389-ds, And it gives me this warning : WARNING: There are only 1024 file descriptors (hard limit) available, which limit the number of simultaneous connections. I understand ...
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How to find speed of wlan interface?

I'm trying to find speed of network interface using file-descriptor. It's easy to do it for ethX, just calling cat /sys/class/net/eth0/speed. Unfortunately this method doesn't work with wireless ...
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Cross-process dup on Linux

I'd like to dup a file descriptor running in an unrelated process on Linux. I know about sendmsg(2) and SCM_RIGHTS (e.g. ...
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Something's special about /dev/fd/3

I've been trying to learn about file descriptors. When I type "ls -l /dev/fd/" I get lrwx------ 1 me users 64 May 2 16:02 0 -> /dev/pts/5 l-wx------ 1 me users 64 May 2 16:02 1 -> ...
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How to check which process is using a given file descriptor?

Somewhere in the middle of my application, the framework I'm using (ROOT) gives me the following error: *** Break *** write on a pipe with no one to read it SysError in ...
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open() console for default file descriptors

I'm reading a shell program implementation in C ( the xv6 shell from MIT's 6.828 Operating System Engineering course ). The main() function for this shell starts with the following code: //Assumes ...
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Difference between 2>&-, 2>/dev/null, |&, &>/dev/null and >/dev/null 2>&1

Just looking for the difference between 2>&- 2>/dev/null |& &>/dev/null >/dev/null 2>&1 and their portability with non-Bourne shells like tcsh, mksh, etc.
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Understand file descriptors and nodejs

I'm having a bit of a confused time understanding what a file descriptor is and if I even need one! I am trying to spawn a process in nodejs and have its out put be written directly to an out put ...
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Why is it possible to refer to a closed stderr under bash?

I'd like to know why bash doesn't display an error message when we refer to a closed stderr. When it comes to other file descriptors, they have to be opened if we want to, for example, duplicate them. ...
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Practical use for moving file descriptors

According to the bash man page: The redirection operator [n]<&digit- moves the file descriptor digit to file descriptor n, or the standard input (file descriptor 0) if n is ...
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Significance of arrows symbols in duplicating/closing file descriptors under bash

I'm reading a book about Linux command line where author doesn't seem to follow the conventions in bash manual regarding arrows symbols used in redirection operations. Namely, he always uses left ...
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What sets a child's STDERR, STDOUT, and STDIN?

If a program runs fork() what sets standard streams STDOUT, STDIN and STDERR?
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Why doesn't Bash accept `&>&3`, i.e. redirecting stdout and stderr to file descriptor 3?

Given the preamble, foobar function and invocations of it: exec 3>/dev/null function foobar { echo foo; echo bar >&2; } foobar >/dev/null foobar 2>/dev/null foobar ...
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How is the inherited file descritor vulnerability dealt with in Unices?

Ulrich Drepper describes a vulnerability in programs that have open file descriptors then they fork() and execve() without lots of very careful locking in place. He also talks about new kernel ...
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Where to place a Bash shell redirection for a command? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Order of redirections Apart from the standalone exec >&2 to redirect the current shell's input and output are there any behavioral differences in the following ...
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Timestamp of socket in /proc/<pid>/fd

If I list /proc/<pid>/fd I see a number of entries for sockets. These entries have timestamps. At first I thought they were when the socket was created. But it doesn't always appear to be the ...
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Max Open Files, clarification needed

On my machine, ulimit -n returns 2560 Given that -n returns The maximum number of open file descriptors. Does it mean that system won't allow more then 2560 open files to be out there at any ...
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Parameretrize file descriptor number to open a tcp socket in shell script

I'm tried to parameretrize in a variable the file descriptor number to open a tcp socket using exec command but it failed. Only work correctly when file descriptor number is a constant. In the next ...
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What are the dangers of setting a high limit to max File Descriptors per process?

I'm working on an old legacy application, and I commonly come across certain settings that no one around cam explain. Apparently at some point, some processes in the application were hitting the max ...
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What is the file descriptor 3 assigned by default?

$ ls -og /proc/self /proc/self/fd lrwxrwxrwx 1 64 Jun 18 11:12 /proc/self -> 32157 /proc/self/fd: total 0 lrwx------ 1 64 Jun 22 2012 0 -> /dev/tty1 lrwx------ 1 64 Jun 22 2012 1 -> ...
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Execute command in remote active terminal

Suppose you have a terminal emulator (T1) open with a PID of 6350. From another terminal, type this command (C1): echo "ls\n" > /proc/6350/fd/0 This writes ls and the new line in T1 but does ...
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Why doesnt ctrl+d work with this?

I wanted a simple way to process text in my clipboard without having to create a file. I tried using the following line: awk '{print $1}' <(cat) but I couldn't send cat the EOF character using ...
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Order of redirections

I don't quite understand how the computer reads this command. cat file1 file2 1> file.txt 2>&1 If I understand, 2>&1 simply redirect Standard Error to Standard Output. By that ...
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Portability of “> /dev/stdout”

Occasionally I need to specify a "path-equivalent" of one of the standard IO streams (stdin, stdout, stderr). Since 99% of the time I work with Linux, I just prepend /dev/ to get /dev/stdin, etc., ...
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Why does reading from two connected pty's cause an infinite loop?

I want to fake a gsm modem for testing a program. I want the program to send AT-codes to me and that I can answer it back, kind of a VirtualSerialPort. But for some reason the data written from the ...
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How can same fd in different processes point to the same file?

Say I have process 1 and process 2. Both have a file descriptor corresponding to the integer 4. In each process however the file descriptor 4 points to a totally different file in the Open File Table ...
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What happens when I close() a file descriptor?

I am trying to get the whole picture with file descriptors. Say I have process1 which initially has these file descriptors: _process1_ | | | 0 stdin | | 1 stdout | | 2 stderr | ...
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How can different file descriptors point to the same file in open file table? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can same fd in different processes point to the same file? I have a hard time grasping the two ideas of File Descriptor Table and Open File Table. Open File Table ...
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When would you use an additional file descriptor?

I know you can create a file descriptor and redirect output to it. e.g. exec 3<> /tmp/foo # open fd 3. echo a >&3 # write to it exec 3>&- # close fd 3. But you can do the same ...
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file descriptor vs. file name

I was wondering what differences and relations are between file descriptors and file names. Are they all used to access files? If yes, in the same way? For example, /dev/fd/0, /dev/stdin, and ...
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Understanding /dev and its subdirs and files

$ ls -l /dev/stdin /dev/fd/0 lrwx------ 1 tim tim 64 2011-08-07 09:53 /dev/fd/0 -> /dev/pts/2 lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 15 2011-08-06 08:14 /dev/stdin -> /proc/self/fd/0 $ ls -l /dev/pts/2 ...
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File descriptors & shell scripting

I am having a very hard time understanding how does one use file descriptors in shell scripts. I know the basics such as exec 5 > /tmp/foo So fd 5 is attached to foo for writing. exec 6 < ...
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What is the referent of a file descriptor?

My understanding is that a file descriptor is an integer which is a key in the kernel's per-process mapping to objects such as open()ed files, pipes, sockets, etc. Is there a proper, short, and ...
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What's the purpose of the first argument to select system call?

From man select int select(int nfds, fd_set *readfds, fd_set *writefds, fd_set *exceptfds, struct timeval *timeout); nfds is the highest-numbered file descriptor in any of the three ...
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stop pipe() opening stdin

I've currently got code that forks two processes. The first reads a http streaming radio and pushes the data down a pipe (opened with pipe() ) for the second process to read, decode and output to the ...
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How does file descriptor re-assigment work?

In a way this question is a extension of another question. In bash you can do pretty neat stuff with file descriptors. Like { command > /dev/null } 2>&1 | grep filter; to grep on stderr ...