write text or append to a file

cat <<.>> somefilename
If you just want to write or append some text to a file without having to run a text editor, run this command. After running the command, start typing away. To exit, type . on a line by itself. Replacing the >> with a single > will let you overwrite your file.
Sample Output
> here is a line
> here is another line
> .

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By: tomlouie
2009-07-10 17:45:42

What Others Think

or cat >> somefilename to quit press ^D (Ctrl+D)
elzapp · 484 weeks and 2 days ago
or echo "Hello World" >> filename Here, what you're appending will be saved in your shell's history.
bwoodacre · 483 weeks and 5 days ago
thanks, this is exactly what I was wanting to update a quickie changelog!
kaywhydub · 357 weeks and 5 days ago

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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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