I would like to setup a cron job to periodically record a measurement. A USB memory stick is installed in a router:

user@router:/tmp/home/root# uname -a

Linux router #2 SMP PREEMPT Sun Mar 20 16:06:18 EDT 2016 armv7l GNU/Linux

user@router:/tmp/home/root# curl http://THERMOSTAT/tstat/humidity  >> /tmp/mnt/USBstick/CT80_data/C14HumidityData.txt

  % Total    % Received % Xferd  Average Speed   Time    Time     Time  Current
                                 Dload  Upload   Total   Spent    Left  Speed
100    18    0    18    0     0     80      0 --:--:-- --:--:-- --:--:--    83

Why does appending (>>) the output to a file produce the above table?

The table is not produced when not appending:

curl http://THERMOSTAT/tstat/humidity

Is there a command option to suppress the table response?


It's curl's progress meter. From man curl

   curl  normally displays a progress meter during operations, indicating the
   amount of transferred data, transfer speeds and estimated time left,  etc.
   The  progress  meter  displays number of bytes and the speeds are in bytes
   per second. The suffixes (k, M, G, T, P) are 1024 based. For example 1k is
   1024 bytes. 1M is 1048576 bytes.

   curl  displays this data to the terminal by default, so if you invoke curl
   to do an operation and it is about to write data to the terminal, it  dis‐
   ables  the  progress meter as otherwise it would mess up the output mixing
   progress meter and response data.

   If you want a progress meter for HTTP POST or PUT requests,  you  need  to
   redirect  the  response  output  to  a file, using shell redirect (>), -o,
   --output or similar.

   It is not the same case for FTP upload as that operation does not spit out
   any response data to the terminal.

   If  you  prefer  a  progress  "bar"  instead  of  the  regular  meter, -#,
   --progress-bar is your friend. You can also  disable  the  progress  meter
   completely with the -s, --silent option.

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