I am using command:

./cpp-generator > ~/log.log

But when I open the log.log the file is shortened. It ends in the middle of a word. But if I run just:


in terminal, the result is whole, full output.

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    Is there a mention of /dev/fd or /dev/std* or /proc/self/fd in cpp-generator. Is the file also truncated if you use ./cpp-generator | cat > ~/log.log or ./cpp-generator >> ~/log.log? – Stéphane Chazelas Aug 4 '15 at 9:20
  • @StéphaneChazelas In both cases it return truncated output. I cpp-generator I use only printf and cout for output... and I search for /dev/fd (/dev/std and /proc/self/fd) and did not find anything with it... – Dusan Plavak Aug 4 '15 at 9:37
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    Is it possible that cpp-generator or any of the log-generating process it spawns be killed or call abort(), or _exit() without getting a chance to flush its stdio buffers? (when the output goes to a terminal, the buffering is line-based instead of block-based which would explain the difference) – Stéphane Chazelas Aug 4 '15 at 9:54
  • it is not. cpp-generator is basically client (github.com/mostphotos/beanstalkpp) connecting to the server but it is one process. – Dusan Plavak Aug 4 '15 at 10:42
  • Is it truncating if you run it as stdbuf -o0 cpp-generator > log.log – Stéphane Chazelas Aug 4 '15 at 10:50

Ok, so as @StéphaneChazelas said the possible cause is that ./cpp-generator is killed Terminal has line-based buffering instead of block buffering in ./cpp-generator so this is why the terminal will print the all output.

I gave ./cpp-generator enough time to print the message, but because it run in loop I always end it with ctrl + c - therefore I killed it and block-based buffers does not have a chance to write out to the file...

working solution is run ./cpp-generator like this:

stdbuf -o0 cpp-generator > log.log

Thanks @StéphaneChazelas

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