stdin is the name of the default input file descriptor of a process. Since there is really nothing special about `stdin`, you *should not* use this tag. Use [tag:io-redirection] for questions on how to redirect input, use [tag:file-descriptors] for questions on how to manage file descriptors, use ...

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Create a virtual file that is actually a command

Is there any way to create a virtual file, such that reading from the file actually reads from the stdout of a command; writing to the file is acually writing to the stdin of a command? So far I have ...
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IO and other shell commands when a program is not started by a terminal

I have several launchers on my desktop for various programs, and there is a "run in a terminal" setting for those launchers. When I check that setting, the program runs from a terminal, and logs its ...
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Can the shell warn me if a program is waiting for standard input?

Let's say I want to search for a string in a big file: grep foo bar.txt | less, but I actually type grep foobar.txt | less. Now, grep is waiting for me to type something on the terminal. It appears ...
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Bash script that reads filenames from a pipe or from command line args?

I want my script to read a bunch of filenames (which may have spaces) given either as a glob or from STDIN and do stuff with them. I've been able to read either way separately, but not combine them. ...
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run a remote process via autossh in background

In Ubuntu I'm trying to run the geany editor on my local X display via the command: autossh -o StrictHostKeyChecking=false -XCg me@otherDYNDNShost geany & Trouble is, after the first ...
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Should stdin or filenames be discarded if both are provided?

grep and sed ignore stdin if you provide a filename parameter: $ echo foo > test.txt $ echo foobar | grep f test.txt foo $ echo foobar | sed -e 's/foo/bar/' test.txt bar Is this established ...
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How redirect input while process is running?

I have an interactive application that takes input from the keyboard. Whenever I run the application I always write the same things in the beginning. So I was thinking I could make a file with those ...
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Pipe Password to Application When Asked

The following should be done in a bash script: curl --digest --user schmijos https://bitbucket.org/u/p/get/tip.zip -o tip.zip How can I automatically submit a password to curl when it asks for it? ...
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Make program first read from pipe, then from keyboard

Consider the interactive program interactive. I have to run this program fairly frequently, and each time I run it the first few commands are the same. Obviously, having to type those commands over ...
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Having problems with script and redirecting input to stdin [closed]

EDIT: found mistake, it was actually bug in my program, I had > instead of >= in my for loop that reads coefficients. I'm fairly new to linux, and I need help with bash scripting. I have C program, ...
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How a piped shell programs balance their output/input rates? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Bash while loop and reading from pipe I come from web programming background, and find myself interested in one peculiarity of using a local shell. I understand that ...
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How to make wc interpret standard in as a file list

I know that there are other ways to go about this, but I'm looking to be able to make wc interpret stdin as a file name or list of file names. For example, ls JP*/std* | wc would work the same as ...
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Piped input to nano

Why does ls | nano - open the editor in Ubuntu but close the editor and save a file to -.save in CentOS? How can I get nano in CentOS to remain open when reading stdin?
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Construct a command by putting a string into a tty

I managed to do this echo -n "command" > /dev/tty1 The letters appear, and the cursor moves, but they are "ghosts" - if you hit enter, nothing happens (they are not in stdin). Edit: In the ...
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How do I make python programs behave like proper unix tools?

I have a few Python scripts laying around, and I'm working on rewriting them. I have the same problem with all of them. It's not obvious to me how to write the programs so that they behave like ...
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How to pipe text for a Mutt email body, then edit the email interactively?

I've been trying to figure out how to start Mutt in such a way that it's just like starting up an interactive Mutt and creating a new email, then copying the output of git request-pull into the body ...
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linux stdbuf - line-buffered stdin option does not exist

The man page for the stdbuf command states that line-buffered mode is invalid as a standard input buffering option. What is the reason for this? tail -f access.log | stdbuf -iL cut -d' ' -f1 | uniq ...
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Where are command line arguments (e.g. 'some.text') actually passed to?

From what I know, parameters you pass to a command, goes to it's STDIN stream. so this: cut -d. -f2 'some.text' should be perfectly identical to this: echo 'some.text' | cut -d. -f2 as we send ...
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How to do nothing forever in an elegant way?

I have a program which produces useful information on stdout but also reads from stdin. I want to redirect its standard output to a file without providing anything on standard input. So far, so good: ...
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“openssl dgst -sha1” producing an extraneous “(stdin)= ” prefix and trailing newline

If you run this command on your Unix echo -n "foo" | openssl dgst -sha1 You will get this output: (stdin)= 0beec7b5ea3f0fdbc95d0dd47f3c5bc275da8a33 (followed by a newline). How can I force ...
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In a script, check if standard input comes from a file or pipe

I know this has been poorly covered previously, but those answers either lack explanation or don't apply. Basically at some point my scripts needs check if a file is specified, if it was it will be ...
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Can I read and write to the same file in Linux without overwriting it? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I make iconv replace the input file with the converted output? I frequently connect to amazon ec2 using their public DNS names ...
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How can I pipe a path to pushd?

This seems like it should be easy enough to do, but I'm clearly not understanding something fundamental about piping output back and forth. I'm trying to do something like this: bundle show ...
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Can I pipe stdout on one server to stdin on another server?

stdout on one CentOS server needs to be piped to stdin on another CentOS server. Is this possible? Update ScottPack, MikeyB and jofel all have valid answers. I awarded the answer to Scott because, ...
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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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How to make Firefox 9 read stdin?

An earlier question got several nice answers involving stdin, none of which work in Firefox 9.0.1 (Edit: because I didn't read that you had to start a new Firefox process to make them work (thanks ...