Commands by akoumjian (1)

  • Adds the stdout (standard output) to the beginning of logfile.txt. Change "command" to whatever command you like, such as 'ls' or 'date', etc. It does this by adding the output to a temporary file, then adding the previous contents of logfile.txt to the temp file, then copying the new contents back to the logfile.txt and removing the temp file.


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    command > tmp && cat logfile.txt >> tmp && tmp > logfile.txt && rm tmp
    akoumjian · 2009-04-05 22:00:32 12

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