I am making in-roads to getting a curl script to work as intended, working around some issue that requires pagination. My point is... the curl part works, BUT I can't get the output to log to a file.

#!/usr/bin/env bash
# Author: Scouse Bob
# ----------------------------------------

while [[ $i -lt 700 ]]
do curl -i -X GET "https://bob_server.atlassian.net/rest/api/3/project/search?jql=ORDER%20BY%20Created&maxResults=50&startAt=$i" --user bob@abcde.com:<token_id> --header Accept: application/json; (( i+=50 )); >>"${log}"; done

I have tested the above in various forms and if I take the log parts out, the script outputs to the screen.

Does anyone know why the loop won't output to the log I'm trying to create please?

1 Answer 1


You have >> "$log", but it does not receive any input as it comes after a ;.

Either put it after done:

while ... do ... done >> "$log"

or after the curl command:

curl ... >> "$log"; done

Note also, that you should quote your --header and --user string:

--header "Accept: application/json"

Also, you could more easily use a for-loop:

for i in $(seq 0 50 700); do ... done

In total:


for i in $(seq 0 50 700); do
    curl -i -X GET "https://bob_server.atlassian.net/rest/api/3/project/search?jql=ORDER%20BY%20Created&maxResults=50&startAt=$i" --user "bob@abcde.com:<token_id>" --header "Accept: application/json"
done >> "${log}"

or without seq:

for (( i=0; i <= 700; i += 50)); do

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