I have a script which guides users through the installation of my software and I want to write a log file in case something bad happens and the user needs support.

The script looks like this:

while true; do
  echo "This script will help you with the installation. Do you wish to proceed?"
  echo "(1) Yes"
  echo "(2) No"
  read proceed
  case $proceed in
    1 ) break;;
    * ) echo "Aborting."; exit 8;;
unset proceed

I then run it by using ./install.ksh | tee /var/log/myinstall.log and everything works just fine, but the user input to the question is not logged. When I add echo $proceed after the read command, it is written to the log but displayed twice, like that:

This script will help you with the installation. Do you wish to proceed?
(1) Yes
(2) No
1 #this is the input which is not written to the log
1 # this is the echo which is written to the log

My question is now how I could either suppress the output of the read command or how I could write the echo only to the file but not to STDOUT?

  • Why not just echo "You chose $proceed, continuing"?
    – Mikel
    Mar 13, 2018 at 14:56

1 Answer 1


You should use script instead, it’s designed for exactly this purpose:

script /var/log/myinstall.log -c ./install.ksh

It will log the input to read as well as any output.

  • Now another problem occurred. I need to support AIX and the AIX korn shell does not support -c, only -a for append and -q for qiet. Any ideas how to run it without -c?
    – Patrick
    Mar 15, 2018 at 10:34
  • I was going to suggest asking a new question but I see you’ve just done that ;-). Mar 15, 2018 at 12:56
  • For python or similar: script -c "python p.py"
    – mcp
    Oct 6, 2020 at 17:57

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