Per default, nohup writes stdout to nohup.out and dismisses stderr. I would like to have it the other way around:

write stderr to a file and dismiss stdout.

2 Answers 2


You can do it like this:

nohup command 2>&1 >/dev/null &

Because the first redirect is from STDERR to current handler of STDOUT it write to nohup.out. Then STDOUT is redirected to NULL

  • what about redirecting stderr to a file?
    – kerner1000
    Jan 28, 2019 at 16:25
  • Let edit the answer (with usual &) Jan 28, 2019 at 16:28

Just redirect standard error to the file you want:

$ ls
$ cat test.sh
echo "out"
echo "error" 1>&2
$ ./test.sh
$ nohup ./test.sh < /dev/null > /dev/null 2> err.out
$ ls
err.out  test.sh
$ cat err.out

From the manual:

If standard input is a terminal, redirect it from an unreadable file. If standard output is a terminal, append output to nohup.out if possible, $HOME/nohup.out otherwise. If standard error is a terminal, redirect it to standard output. To save output to FILE, use nohup COMMAND > FILE.

Given that it is silent if stderr is redirected, it stands to reason that it would behave normally, and, as shown above, it does.

  • this does not seem to work, I still see INFO messages in the err.out.
    – kerner1000
    Jan 28, 2019 at 16:26
  • 1
    Unsure why; I just made my test more extensive (see edit) and it behaves as I expect and descrive.
    – DopeGhoti
    Jan 28, 2019 at 16:30
  • maybe it is because the command is java -jar ...
    – kerner1000
    Jan 28, 2019 at 16:37

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