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

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What are the shell's control and redirection operators?

I often see tutorials online that connect various commands with different symbols. For example: command1 | command2 command1 & command2 command1 || command2 command1 && command2 ...
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Redirecting stdout to a file you don't have write permission on

When you attempt to modify a file without having write permissions on it, you get an error: > touch /tmp/foo && sudo chown root /tmp/foo > echo test > /tmp/foo zsh: permission ...
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How can I make iconv replace the input file with the converted output?

I have a bash script which enumerates through every *.php file in a directory and applies iconv to it. This gets output in STDOUT. Since adding the -o parameter ( in my experience ) actually writes ...
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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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How can I assign the output of a command to a shell variable?

I want to assign the result of an expression to a variable and concatenate it with a string, then echo it. Here's what I've got: #!/bin/bash cd ~/Desktop; thefile= ls -t -U | grep -m 1 "Screen Shot"; ...
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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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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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How can I send stdout to multiple commands?

There are some commands which filter or act on input, and then pass it along as output, I think usually to stdout - but some commands will just take the stdin and do whatever they do with it, and ...
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Is there a way in bash to redirect output and still have it go to stdout?

Okay. If I wanted to redirect the output of a program to a file, I'd do something like this prog > file If I wanted to redirect both stdout and stderr to that file, then I'd do prog > file ...
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How to change the output redirection of a running process?

I know how to redirect output and how to suppress them in bash. Now, suppose I accidentally forgot to append the output redirection part to the command (e.g. 2>&1 or > /tmp/mystdout) and my ...
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How to grep standard error stream (stderr)?

I am using ffmpeg to get the meta info of an audio clip. But I am unable to grep it. $ ffmpeg -i 01-Daemon.mp3 |grep -i Duration FFmpeg version SVN-r15261, Copyright (c) 2000-2008 Fabrice ...
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Show only stderr on screen but write both stdout and stderr to file

How can I use BASH magic to achieve this? I want to only see stderr output on the screen, but I want both stdout and stderr to be written to a file. Clarification: I want both stdout and stderr to ...
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IO redirection and the head command

I was trying to quickly edit an .hgignore file from the Cygwin bash shell today, and I added a line that was a mistake. I'm not sure if this was the best way to do it, but I quickly thought of using ...
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ls command operating differently depending on recipient

How does commands like ls know what its stdout is? It seems ls is operating different depending on what the target stdout is. For example if I do: ls /home/matt/tmp the result is: a.txt b.txt ...
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How do I come by this pty and what can I do with it?

It seems that a simple shell redirect from /dev/ptmx gets me a new pseudo-terminal. $ ls /dev/pts; ls /dev/pts </dev/ptmx 0 1 2 ptmx 0 1 2 3 ptmx It disappears as soon as the process that ...
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Process substitution and pipe

I was wondering how to understand the following: Piping the stdout of a command into the stdin of another is a powerful technique. But, what if you need to pipe the stdout of multiple ...
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How do I reuse the last output from the command line?

This is a noob question, but I'd like to know how to reuse the last output from the console, ie: pv-3:method Xavier$ python -c "from distutils.sysconfig import get_python_lib; print get_python_lib()" ...
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Redirect all subsequent commands' stderr using exec

I have a bash file that I need to redirect all output to one file, debug log as well as to the terminal. I need to redirect both stdout and stderr to the debug and log it for all commands in the ...
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Why can't I redirect a path name output from one command to “cd”?

I am trying to get cd to accept a directory name redirected to it from another command. Neither of these methods work: $ echo $HOME | cd $ echo $HOME | xargs cd This does work: $ cd $(echo $HOME) ...
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what is meant by connecting STDOUT and STDIN?

This is a newbie question. I'm reading a book, it says: Every process has at least three communication channels available to it: “standard input” (STDIN), “standard output” (STDOUT), and ...
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Do redirection operators always open file descriptors in parallel?

1. Consider snippet#1: $ cat test.txt > test.txt cat: test.txt: input file is output file It seems that cat makes its input file descriptor point to test.txt and then when it tries to set its ...
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Why does the command shuf file > file leave an empty file?

I know this is sort of a duplicate of another question (Why this sort command gives me an empty file?) but I wanted to expand on the question in response to the answers given. The command shuf ...
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view stdout for another pts [duplicate]

Here is the situation. I left my pc at home doing an rsync from a 2TB hard drive to another 2TB hard drive (it's going to take a while since they are both USB 2.0). I am now at work and I have ssh-ed ...
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What happens to the output of a process that has been disowned and lost its terminal?

If I close the virtual terminal, where some process was started, does the output just go straight to /dev/null, or can it pollute memory somehow? Can I anyhow grab the output to continue reading it at ...
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/dev/tcp listen instead of nc listen

With a netcat listener like: nc -l <port> < ~/.bashrc I can grab my .bashrc on a new machine (doesn't have nc or LDAP) with: cat < /dev/tcp/<ip>/<port> > ~/.bashrc My ...
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Can I make `cut` change a file in place?

The man page doesn't give me much hope, but I'm hoping it's an undocumented (and/or GNU-specific) feature.
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When should I use input redirection?

I used the following two commands to produce the same results:- [root@localhost ~]# grep line comments The line should start with a single quote to comment in VB scripting. Double slashes in the ...
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Why can't sudo redirect stdout to /etc/file, but sudo 'nano' or 'cp' can? [duplicate]

Why does redirection, using sudo give me an error for the following commands? $ sudo printf "foo" >/etc/file bash: /etc/file: Permission denied $ sudo printf "foo" ~/file; cat ~file ...
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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 view the output of a running process in another bash session?

I have left a script running on a remote machine from when I was locally working at it. I can connect over SSH to the machine as the same user and see the script running in ps. $ ps aux | grep ...
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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 to redirect stderr,out to different files and also display in terminal?

To make it clear, I want to see the output of a command in the terminal as if there were no redirection. Also stderr need to be redirected to err.log and stdout need to be redirected to stdout.log. ...
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What does 'exec {fd}</dev/watchdog' do in Bash

That is literal, {fd} isnt a placeholder. I have a script that does this, and does not source in anything, nor does it reference {fd} anywhere else. Is this valid bash? exec {fd}</dev/watchdog
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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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Is it a UUOC (useless use of cat) to redirect one file to another?

If I want to make the contents of file2 match the contents of file1, I could obviously just run cp file1 file2. However, if I want to preserve everything about file2 except the contents—owner, ...
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How to redirect output of a running program to /dev/null

I know that in order to suppress the output of a program I can redirect it to /dev/null, for example to hide all error and warning messages from chromium I can start the program like this ...
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How can a command have more than one output?

In this answer, at the very bottom, Gilles mentions that a command can have more than one output or input. Yes, there's cat foo bar | something, for having both foo and bar as inputs, and there's tee ...
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Why the behavior of while loop and for loop is different?

I am trying to read user and server details from file tempo.txt and then check the disk space usage of the file system on that unix account using another script server_disk_space.sh.But I am not able ...
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Process substitution and cat: can't read stdin

The process substitution <(cat) doesn't work. Why? head <(cat) cat: -: Input/output error I can use an extra file descriptor, but I don't understand why the above doesn't work. # Using file ...
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Redirect stdin and stdout to ports

I'd like to take a program P that reads from stdin & writes to stdout, but connect it to nc or whatever such that it reads from a certain port and outputs to another port. # The reading is easy, ...
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Bash: What does “>|” do?

I have just seen this written down; $ some-command >| /tmp/output.txt Vertical pipes are used in standard redirects "piping" the output of one command to another, is >| in fact completely ...
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Reading lines from a file with bash: for vs. while

I'm trying to read a text file and do something with each line, using a bash script. So, I have a list that looks like this: server1 server2 server3 server4 I thought I could loop over this using ...
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Why is redirecting STDERR to /dev/null done this way?

This does not make sense to me. wibble > /dev/null 2>&1 I think it would make more sense if it was something like this: wibble 2>&1 > /dev/null In other words Commands ...
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How does `cat <> file` work?

cat < file prints the contents of file to stdout. cat > file reads stdin until Ctrl+D is detected and the input text is written to file. cat <> file, at least in my version of Bash, ...
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How to read from two input files using while loop

I wanted to know if there is any way of reading from two input files in a nested while loop one line at a time. For example, lets say I have two files FileA and FileB. FileA: [jaypal:~/Temp] cat ...
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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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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 log whatever I enter in terminal to file

I am a novice just learning Fedora 13. I just wanted to know if its possible to redirect whatever I type in the terminal to a file, so that I would be able to see from the file, that a particular ...
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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 > ...