LKBEN11022: Howto use pipes and redirections in a linux bash shell


You need to pipe results in a file are into another command




First you need to know a few things about input and output. There are tree channels per default.

stdin  : which stands for standard in
stdout : standard out
stderr : standard error

Then we have the following operators

normal pipe > out

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normal pipe < in

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normal error 2>

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Here a few examples:

Here we search alle files with myname<wildcard> from the root and pipe them in a file out1.txt, the errors go to the file errors.txt.

find / -iname 'myname*' > out1.txt 2> errors.txt

This will do the same but the errors are appended to the out1.txt file.

find / -iname 'myname*' > out1.txt 2>$1

Now we would like to sort the output of the first command and prepare it for printing by writing a file sortedlist.txt.

find /i -iname 'myname*' | sort | pr -2 > sortedlist.txt

There are much more possibilities in using piping and redirection. Please note that not all command use stdin, stdout and stderr, use the help of the command for more information.


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Author: Wim Peeters - Keskon GmbH & Co. KG

Wim Peeters is electronics engineer with an additional master in IT and over 30 years of experience, including time spent in support, development, consulting, training and database administration. Wim has worked with SQL Server since version 6.5. He has developed in C/C++, Java and C# on Windows and Linux. He writes knowledge base articles to solve IT problems and publishes them on the Lubby Knowledge Platform.