Quickly create simple text file from command line w/o using vi/emacs

cat > <file_name> << "EOF"
1. Issue command 2. After angled bracket appears, enter file contents 3. When done, type "EOF"

By: sphere64
2010-05-27 12:06:30

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One could also CTRL+c to stop "editing", without the need of and end of file signal.
Montecristo · 556 weeks and 5 days ago
If you are using "set -o vi" in bash you can get vi command mode, or was that what you meant to say? Also you can just do the "cat > and follow it up with a '^d'. Good 'ol Unix!
hckhckhck · 556 weeks and 5 days ago
Note that "w/" is shorthand for 'with' and 'w/o' is shorthand for 'without', the latter being what you meant.
eikenberry · 556 weeks and 4 days ago
Actually, you want to end with CTRL-D, not CTRL-C. CTRL-D is end-of-file. So this would work: cat > filename Then type text until done, and press CTRL-D on a new line.
tamouse · 555 weeks and 3 days 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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