Learn how to use input-output redirections in Linux
Linux system commands take input from your terminal and send the resulting output back to your terminal. A command normally reads its input from the standard input, which happens to be your terminal by default. Similarly, a command normally writes its output to standard output, which is again your terminal by default.
Following is a complete list of commands which you can use for redirection.
pgm > file
Output of pgm is redirected to file
pgm < file
Program pgm reads its input from file
pgm >> file
Output of pgm is appended to file
n > file
Output from stream with descriptor n redirected to file
n >> file
Output from stream with descriptor n appended to file
n >& m
Merges output from stream n with stream m
n < & m
Merges input from stream n with stream m
< < tag
Standard input comes from here through next tag at the start of line
Takes output from one program, or process, and sends it to another
The output from a command normally intended for standard output can be easily diverted to a file instead. This capability is known as output redirection. If the notation > file is appended to any command that normally writes its output to standard output.
Check the following who command which redirects the complete output of the command in the users file.
The above command will redirect the output the root users home folder file called users.txt.
Discard the output
Sometimes you will need to execute a command, but you don't want the output displayed on the screen. In such cases, you can discard the output by redirecting it to the file /dev/null.
To discard both output of a command and its error output, use standard redirection to redirect STDERR to STDOUT.
file descriptor 0is normally standard input (STDIN), 1 is standard output (STDOUT), and 2 is standard error output (STDERR).
Just as the output of a command can be redirected to a file, so can the input of a command be redirected from a file. The less-than character < is used to redirect the input of a command.
In the above command, we count the number of lines in the file by redirecting the standard input of the wc command from the file /etc/passwd.