Are you have troubles saving the terminal output to a file when using BASH/KSH/CSH/TCSH in your Linux operating systems?
This guide is for you.
A terminal is an interface in which you can type and execute text based commands to carry out a particular action on a Server or system.
Here at LinuxAPT, we regularly help our Customers to perform Linux related Tasks as part of our Server Management Services.
In this context, we shall look into the steps to save terminal output to file for your Linux Server.
Basically, command output can be saved by redirecting it to a file. The standard streams for input, output, and error are as follows (also known as file descriptors):
i. stdin (numeric value 0) – Keyboard
ii. stdout (numeric value 1) – Screen/display
iii. stderr (numeric value 2) – Screen/display
Here, 1 represents stdout and 2 represents stderr. Based upon the information we can:
1. Redirect stdout/stderr to a file.
2. Redirect stdout to a stderr OR redirect stderr to a stdout.
3. To redirect stderr and stdout to a file.
4. We can redirect stderr and stdout to stdout too.
5. Finally you can redirect stderr and stdout to stderr.
To save terminal output to a file (Lets say file name is file1.txt), you can use the following command which will send outputs to stdout and can be redirected to the fileas shown below:
command > file1.txt
To view the file, you can execute the cat command as shown below;
Basically, you can read input from a file (lets call the file input.txt) using the following command and the file must already exist as shown below;
command < input.txt
cat < /etc/passwd
wc -l < /etc/passwd
To append output to a an already existing file (Lets say file2.txt), it will get overwritten when the command is executed as shown below;
command >> file2.txt
echo "------------------" >> mydate.txt
ls -l /etc/resolv.conf >> mydate.txt
To verify the file, simply run;
What is happening here is that the file (mydate.txt) as shown above will be overwritten unless the bash noclobber option is set using the set command. For instance, turn off noclobber option by running the command;
set -o noclobber
echo "some data" > mydata.txt
Let say the name of the file is file5.txt, then simply execute the following command to redirect stderr;
command &> file5.txt
command &>> file5.txt
Alternatively, you can use the command;
command 2> file5.txt
command 2>> file5.txt
To suppress error messages, simply run the following command as shown below;
find . -iname "*.txt" 2>&-
Alternatively, you can redirect error messages (stderr) to standard output (stdout), by executing the command:
echo "foo" 2>&1
kill $target_pid 2>&1 > /dev/null
In order to redirect both stdout and stderr to a file (output.txt), simply execute;
command 2>&1 | tee output.txt
To combines input and output redirection, the following command can be used. The file "output.txt" is checked for spelling mistakes, and the output is redirected to an error log file named err.log:
In order to redirect screen output, simply run the following command;
command > /dev/null 2>&1
/path/to/script.py > /dev/null 2>&1
To Redirect both standard error and standard out messages to a log file, execute:
command > log.txt 2>&1
/path/to/my-appname.py > my-appname.log 2>&1