io redirection is the process of changing where the output and input of a program originate

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cat /dev/null emptied my log file but size did not change

I'm quite new to Unix. Using Solaris 10 I faced the below issue. There is a large log file with size 9.5G. I tried to empty the file using the below command. # cat /dev/null file_log.txt By doing ...
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Does cat never read from terminal?

Chapter 43. Redirecting Input and Output of Unix Power Tools, Third Edition has to say this about cat command: Standard input (stdin) normally comes from your keyboard. Many programs ignore ...
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Decoding “prog > file 2>&1”

I am having some difficulty understanding the construct prog > file 2>&1. I have read that it means "Send stdout and stderr to file". But my question is how? I understand that prog > ...
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How to redirect stdout to a file and read from the same file simultaneously with another task?

I want to run a task (which takes quite a long time) remotely in Ubuntu Linux Bash via nohup and redirect stdout to a file, e.g.: nohup task > out.txt & From time to time I would like to ...
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Pass argument to script, then redirect script as input to bsub

I am currently working with the bsub job submission system from Platform LSF. I need to submit job scripts, but I am running into a problem with passing arguments to the job script. What I need is as ...
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How to insert text into a root-owned file using sudo? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Redirecting stdout to a file you don't have write permission on Running a command like sudo echo 'text' >> /file.txt fails with: bash: /file.txt: Permission ...
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bottomless tee?

I was just playing around in the terminal and I did this: printf 'some string\n' | { tee /dev/fd/3 | { : && sed 's/some/string/' } } 3>&0 I was really surprised when ...
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Redirecting output depending on grep regex

I am using gradle run to start a REST server. The output of the REST server looks like this: XXX.XXX.XX.XXX - <moreinfo> randomtext randomtext XXX.XXX.XX.XXX - <moreinfo> XXX.XXX.XX.XXX - ...
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Combining brace expansion and output redirection

Often, I use parameter expansion on the command-line, such as cp a.{ext1,ext2} which is expands to cp a.ext1 a.ext2 However, in many cases I do not use cp, but another tool, let's call it cat, ...
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redirect output for a command that takes in multiple arguments

this command is to redirect output of time to with multiple args: $ time wc test >wc.out 2>time.out unix programming environment book shows that the error output of time redirects to ...
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What's the difference between STDIN and arguments passed to command?

I could use the either form to execute the cat method: cat file_name cat < file_name The result is the same Then I want to execute man in the format of STDIN man < file_name For the ...
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How can I create a /dev/null-like “blackhole” directory?

I would like to create a "/dev/null" directory (or a "blackhole" directory) such that any files written to it are not really written, but just disappear. I have an application that writes out large ...
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How to make a variable from a subshell available in the parent shell

I've written a quick-and-dirty script to time some reports from a web service: BASE_URL='http://example.com/json/webservice/' FIRST=1 FINAL=10000 for report_code in $(seq 1 $FINAL); do (time -p ...
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KSH styling text based menu using STDERR

Is it possible to format the STDERR in order to have a better looking menu using the select command? I have a simple select select oChoice in $(<tempMenu.menu) ; do case "$oChoice" in ...
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Hiding Script Command Output

I'm building a shell script to automatically configure a specific computer with the best settings. I would like to hide all output from this script except for echo output. Is it possible?
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What is the correct name for the “>” command

I was trying to find how to pass some text to a file without overwriting what's there already using the > command and I realised I don't know what it's called. Searching for right arrow or right ...
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What does “batch mode” mean for the top command?

I was reading about the top command and I came across something I don't quite understand: top options: -b Run in batch mode. This is useful for sending output from top to other programs or to ...
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Using while loop to ssh to multiple servers

I have a file servers.txt, with list of servers: server1.mydomain.com server2.mydomain.com server3.mydomain.com when I read the file line by line with while and echo each line, all works as ...
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How do you remember the syntax for 2>&1 redirection [closed]

Do you have a mnemonic or system? This has bothered me for years I always have to look it up
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What are the difference between those four commands (fifo, process substitution, redirection…)

My goal is to create a simple echo server using nc and a single fifo. I'm not looking for the best way to do it, I'm merely trying to understand the semantics of the following commands (when does fork ...
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View stdout/stderr of systemd service

I have created a simple systemd service file for a custom application. The application works well when I run it manually, but my CPU gets maxed out when I run it with systemd. I'm trying do track ...
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Send copy of a script's output to a file

Say I have a Zsh script and that I would like to let it print output to STDOUT, but also copy (dump) its output to a file in disk. Moreover, the script starts with the following option set -o xtrace ...
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What fd's are used when doing diff <(cat old) <(cat new)?

If I do: diff <(cat old) <(cat new) Hoe does that work internally for the diff program? And how I do the same trick with a bash script?
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Environment variables are not set when my function is called in a pipeline

I have the following recursive function to set environment variables: function par_set { PAR=$1 VAL=$2 if [ "" != "$1" ] then export ${PAR}=${VAL} echo ${PAR}=${VAL} shift ...
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stderr redirection not working in csh

I run the following command: pkg_add emacs-23.4,2.tbz 2> output.log The output still displays in the terminal. When I press ↑, I get pkg_add emacs-23.4,2.tbz 2 > output.log with a space ...
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How does SSH display the message “The authenticity of host .. can't be established”?

I wanted to trace down the system call used by ssh to output this warning message: > ssh root@abcde The authenticity of host .. can't be established. If the message were sent to stderr or ...
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Closing a file descriptor, >&- vs <&-

In the bash tutorial I am reading, it says that if you open a file descriptor for reading, i.e. exec 3< echolist Then you must close it like this, exec 3<&- However, if you open a file ...
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Difference between cat and '>' to zero out a file

Are these two commands any different on how they go about zero-ing out files? Is the latter a shorter way of doing the former? What is happening behind the scenes? Both $ cat /dev/null > ...
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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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How to add a line to a file which has only root write permission and to continue the script execution

I am trying to learn bash scripting. I am working on a practical problem and at one point I need to add a line to a file which requires root permission to write. The code looks like this: # some ...
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Some puzzles of how to close file descriptors on sh or bash [duplicate]

Question 1. What will happen if we close a input file descriptor as if it is a output file descriptor? (or vice versa). For Example, $ exec 5<&2 $ exec 5>&- In my linux box, ...
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bash: /home/user/.ssh/authorized_keys: No such file or directory

Create a ssh key: $ ssh-keygen -t rsa –P "" Moving the key to authorized key: $ cat $HOME/.ssh/id_rsa.pub >> $HOME/.ssh/authorized_keys bash: /home/user/.ssh/authorized_keys: No such file ...
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stdin, stderr, redirection and logs

Is there a difference between those two lines ? /home/user/script.sh >> /home/user/stdout_and_error.log 2>&1 /home/user/script.sh 2>&1 >> /home/user/stdout_and_error.log ...
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How to properly launch a program and make possible to redirect its running output (stdout and stderr) at a later stage?

The problem is quite simple: I find useful to have the possibility to switch on (and off) the output of some running program in each moment I need. To be more precise I want to be free to redirect ...
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Prevent hanging of “echo STRING > fifo” when nothing is reading that FIFO

When I echo something to a named pipe made with mkfifo, it hangs if no process is reading from that pipe. How can I prevent that, i.e., stop that from hanging? And by the way, why is that hanging ...
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Redirect stdout over ssh

I would like to run something > file on a remote system through ssh, but if I run ssh host something > file the redirection is executed locally as ssh etc > file I've tried it with ' ...
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tee stdout to stderr?

I'd like to send stdout from one process to the stdin of another process, but also to the console. Sending stdout to stdout+stderr, for instance. For example, I've got git edit aliased to the ...
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How to “combine” lines printed by multiple programs safely?

Suppose I want to execute multiple programs in parallel and combine their outputs to one pipe: sh -c ' (echo qqq; echo qqq2; echo qqq3)& (echo www; echo www2; echo www3)& (echo ...
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How do I redirect command completion output?

On the command line, I can redirect or pipe output of a command to a file or another command using the > or | operator after the command. I have come across a less standard situation that I would ...
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How to redirect stdout and stderr to a file and display stderr to console?

I know how to redirect to a file, and use tee; on a basic level. So $ alias outanderr='bash -c "echo stdout >&1; echo stderr >&2"' # A fake "application" displaying both output and ...
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Emptying a file without disrupting the pipe writing to it

I have a program whose output I redirect to a log file: ./my_app > log I would like to clear (i.e. empty) the log from time to time (on demand) and tried various things like cat "" > log ...
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Redirect the output of a command in `time command`

I am trying to time something using: /usr/bin/time myCommand However, since /usr/bin/time writes to stderr, if myCommand also writes to stderr, I will get more than just time's output on the ...
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How to redirect output of wget as input to unzip?

I have to download a file from this link. The file download is a zip file which I will have to unzip in the current folder. Normally, I would download it first, then run the unzip command. $ wget ...
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Linux : how to redirect stdout & stderr to logger?

I have a program I need to run at startup, it has output on stdout and stderr that I want to redirect to the system log using the logger command. What I have in my startup script is thie: ...
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Linux Shell fundamentals: How can I check the file descriptors status, (where are redirected to) right now without lsof?

I am learning about file descriptors for the case of Linux, and I was wondering if there is any command showing a complete list that allows me to know where is each one redirected to in this moment. ...
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How do I elevate privileges in the middle of pipeline?

My guess was as follows: echo "Generating some text" | su - -c cat >/output/file But su says: su: must be run from a terminal What would you do?
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Line 4: $data: ambiguous redirect when using passwordbox

I want to create a passwordbox using the dialog package. #!/bin/bash data=$(tempfile 2>/dev/null) trap "rm -f $data" 0 1 2 5 15 dialog --title "Password" \ --clear \ --passwordbox "Enter your ...
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Command substitution vs I/O Redirection?

I am wondered about differences between I/O Redirection and Command substitution? For example when I want to redirect which command output to cd command (I know that it's not a directory) then the ...
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Redirecting only stderr to a pipe

This code snippet is from Advanced Bash Scripting Guide. # Redirecting only stderr to a pipe. exec 3>&1 # Save current "value" of stdout. ls -l 2>&1 ...
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ssh input from text file

These two question is driving me crazy and I don't have good expertise of ssh. (but I suspect it is to do with redirection only) The questions are, You want to pass multiple lines of input from a ...