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How to overwrite stdout using echo? [closed]

We know to overwrite bar.txt, we can use this: echo "foo" > bar.txt but how can we overwrite to the standard output? I tried this command: echo "foo" > but it failed. I want this because ...
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unexpected output with grep

I am using pyrit. For those who dont know, pyrit allows among other things to check if a wpa handshake key is valid: pyrit -r file0.cap analyze when a file does not contain a valid key, here is ...
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A command that generates both standard error and output

I want to do some troubleshooting on my bash script. Is there a short and simple command that generates both stdout and stderr so that I can use 2>&1 on it? Sorry if this looks trivial, but I ...
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Call background process back to stdout

Is it possible to "call" a background process output to be shown in the terminal? Example: cron starts apt-get to update the system and I want to see the output of apt-get
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Rotating log files while process still running

I have a process running that writes standard output and standard error to a log file /var/log/dragonturtle.log. Is there anyway to rotate the log file, and have the process continuing to write to the ...
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Command line 'buffer' [duplicate]

I wanted to tail the last 100 lines of a file to the same file, but the command tail -n 100 file > file doesn't work, I assume because the stdout gets written to the file 'live', before everything ...
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Test execution output of a command before a pipe [duplicate]

I would like to test the execution of a php script that redirect its stdout and stderr to a file with tee. php /path/to/script --param 2>&1 | tee -a /path/to/log if ( test $? -ne 0 ); then ...
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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 can I pipe stdout to another program?

I'm trying to setup a linter for my code and I only want to lint the coffeescript files that have changed in the current branch. So, I generate the list of files using git: git diff --name-only ...
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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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How to find out what process is writing to STDOUT?

I have two instances of a process running. One of them is "frEAkIng oUT!" and printing errors non stop to STDOUT. I want to kill the broken process but I have to make sure I don't terminate the wrong ...
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Inserting the command line text before output in stdout (for pipe / redirection)

Consider the following bash constructs: ls /usr/include/asm > list-redir.txt ls /usr/include/asm | tee list-tee.txt In this case, list-redir.txt and list-tee.txt will be identical, and will ...
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stdout is empty

When a run the command: cellprofiler --get-batch-commands "/users/pmrotem/CellProfiler/example_project/output/Batch_data5_8.h5" in the shell, I get an output: CellProfiler -c -r -b -p ...
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grep a keyword from Mplayer output and send the rest to file

I am using mplayer. I want to send everything to a log file (/tmp/server.log), but I want the Volume output to be written to the terminal. I have seen that there is a way to split the output with tee, ...
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Script needs to read echoed line

So, I need to write a Bourne-shell script, where my script has to work with the line, that was just echoed to stdout - e.g.: echo *something* | myscript.sh [parametres...] This may be a basic ...
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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 do I break up a file like split to stdout for piping to a command?

I have a large .sql file full of SELECT statements that contain data I want to insert into my SQL Server database. I'm looking for how I could basically take the file's contents, 100 lines at a time, ...
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Piping commands, modify stdin write to stdout

echo Hello World | nano - | less I want to modify Hello -> Goodbye while in the the text editor. It does not have to be with nano. I am stuck with nano reading stdin but requiring me to write to a ...
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Dynamically trim stdout line width in Bash

Lately, I have been experimenting with the ps command, and sometimes long paths wrap to the next line (or two) and make it hard to read. I want to pipe the ps output into another program to limit the ...
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Is it possible to generate a separate file list when creating a tarball?

When using tar for backups I'd like to create a separate list of the files that is included in the archive for storing alongside the backup tarball. I also want to be able to store the error messages ...
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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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How do I make pasted shell commands invisible?

I'm using an AutoHotkey macro to run some shell commands, i.e. ^`:: SendInput set c=".cshrc-acheong"{ENTER} SendInput set v=".vimrc-acheong"{ENTER} SendInput foreach d ( /home/acheong /home/tcama ...
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Can a running script identify the logging context?

Let us say I redirect the STDOUT, STDERR of a program to files. ./script.sh 1> output.log 2> error.log Can the running program find this out i.e. know the paths to these files?
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In bash script, how to capture stdout line by line

In a bash script, I would like to capture the standard output of a long command line by line, so that they can be analysed and reported while initial command is still running. This is the complicated ...
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Reuse last line of output from shell command

I am compiling something and depending on success (last line of output contains "success"= I want to scp the binary to the target. I'd prefer a piped oneliner. Is there a way to do this?
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Write lines to a file from less

While in vim I can write a range of lines from the file I'm viewing to another file. For example, :1,10 w outfile.txt will write lines 1 through 10 to outfile.txt. Can I do the same while I'm ...
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Kill a process if it goes quiet for a certain amount of time

I have a utility that has a nasty habit of going quiet and staying there, I already know how long into the process it does this so I am using timeout to fight this, but sometimes it does it before ...
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What is the utility of piping to `/dev/null`?

Seeing that /dev/null's utility isn't immediately obvious to me, what is the use of /dev/null piping?
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Can redirecting stdout and stderr to the same file mangle lines?

I've read that when redirecting stdout and stderr to the same file using 2>&1, stdout is usually block buffered while stderr is unbuffered. If a very long line is written to stdout, requiring ...
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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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Show a sliding window of output from a program

I want to run a command (rsync -av) and only display 10 lines of output at any time. I have found a similar post, but I don't want to redirect it to a file. I want the output to be displayed ...
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Bash if script is called from terminal echo stdout to terminal, if from cron do not echo output

I would like to have a service watchdog script echo the status to the screen if called like ./watchdog.sh but if it is run by cron, there is no need to echo output. What is the proper method? Where ...
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Any way to cat few lines of man page to show on stdout for reference?

This is a simple question. Trying my best to put it in simple word. Hope you get it without much confusion - I read a man page for some command-switch/option which has a long description. I read it, ...
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`unbuffer` or `stdbuf` for removing stdout buffering?

Is there a difference between unbuffer(1) and stdbuf(1)? From what I gather, unbuffer makes more than the "best effort" of calling the libc function set(X)buf at the beginning, and then letting things ...
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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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How to use filename arguments or default to stdin, stdout (brief)

I want to handle filenames as arguments in a bash script in a cleaner, more flexible way, taking 0, 1, or 2 arguments for input and output filenames. when args = 0, read from stdin, write to stdout ...
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Pipe not picking up stdout

I am running a java program from a OS X 10.8 bash terminal, and are trying to rederect the output it is producing. However, when either running this throug a pipe, or rederecting it to a file, the ...
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aptitude produces output twice

For quite a while, I get a double output of some messages from aptitude. Here’s an example: > sudo aptitude install mpw Couldn't find package "mpw". However, the following packages contain "mpw" ...
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Script to quickly test all keyboard keys

I need to check some notebooks for bad keyboard keys, and so I'd like to speed that up as much as possible. I found nothing for this specific task, so my idea is a script that reads the pressed keys ...
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Is it possible to create sticky redirection from stdout/stderr

Consider such code: echo hello >> log.txt echo world >> log.txt I execute command with stdout redirection. Is it possible to create sticky redirection? Something like this: redir ...
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Where does the output from an application started from the window manager go?

If you start an application from a terminal you can see the output to stdout and stderr, but if an application is started from the window manager, where does the output to these files typically go? To ...
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Getting specific line from terminal output

"Hmm, I need to edit file-i-must-edit-2, but I cannot remember where it is." locate file-i-must-edit /home/user/file-i-must-edit-1 /home/user/file-i-must-edit-2 /home/user/file-i-must-edit-3 ...
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Redirecting stdin with stdout to file

So I have a program that takes in user input and outputs text based on the input. EDIT2: I want to create a script that runs a C executable and the script feeds the C program input from a file and ...
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Output to stdout and at the same time grep into a file

I have a script that outputs text to stdout. I want to see all this output in my terminal, and at the same time I want to filter some lines and save them in a file. Example: $ myscript Line A Line B ...
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Output of command not in stderr nor stdout

I've stumbled on this issue, so I'm wondering how is this possible? Standard run of command: # zabbix_sender -c zabbix_agentd.conf -k mmysql.QCInserts -o 14 info from server: "Processed 0 Failed 1 ...
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Read data from a pipe for a certain amount of time (in seconds)

Is there an easy way to create a pipe that only lasts for a given amount of wall time? I want to be able to take a "snapshot" of what's being written STDOUT for a period of time (rather than bytes or ...
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redirecting std output and std error

I have been trying to figure out the relationship between file descriptors. One thing I don't understand is, how is: ls -l /bin/usr > ls-output.txt 2>&1 different from: ls -l /bin/usr ...
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Turning standard output hyphen into a single command

I am working with scripts that output xml and I am using xmllint to format the output. Xmllint requires a source argument, so I use the hyphen to pipe standard output to it: $> script.php ...
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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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Tail -f piped through grep not outputing to file, but outputs to console

I'm using the following command tail -f /mydir/myfile | grep "searchterm" >> outfile Without the -f it works fine, but with the -f, which I need, nothing is written to the file. The ...