Type strait into a file from the terminal.

cat /dev/tty > FILE
Takes input from the connected terminal and dumps it to the specified file. Stop writing and close file with control + D or the end of line character. Useful for copying+pasting large blobs of text over SSH to a new machine.
Sample Output
$ cat /dev/tty > myFile.txt
blahblahblah what? <Return>
This is in a file! <Ctrl+D>

$ ls -a
. .. myFile.txt

$ cat myFile.txt
blahblahblah what?
This is in a file!

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By: Jo
2009-02-25 01:43:47

What Others Think

Simply "cat > FILE" works too.
vic · 636 weeks and 2 days ago
But my favorite is 'script ' it's recording everything you type interactively. And I can't remember the screen command that does the same.
pruneau · 636 weeks and 2 days ago
cat - > FILE or cat - >> FILE #lets you resume
laprice · 636 weeks and 2 days ago
vic and laprice beat me to it.
ozymandias · 636 weeks and 2 days ago
pruneau: ^A-H to start/stop logging your session.
unixmonkey1811 · 636 weeks and 1 day ago

What do you think?

Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

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