Suppress output of loud commands you don't want to hear from

function quietly () { $* 2> /dev/null > /dev/null; };
Suppresses all output to /dev/null. This could be expanded to check for a -l command line option to log the stderr to a file maybe -l file or -l to log to default quietly.log. I'm finding that I use it more often than one would think.
Sample Output
hostname User$ quietly wget www.website.com/
hostname User$ _

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2011-10-02 05:02:48

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What Others Think

less verbose to do it like >/dev/null 2>&1
TheMightyBuzzard · 371 weeks and 4 days ago
Wow, that's a good idea. A few things, though. You need to quote $* just in case the command has a space in it. Shorten the redirects as TheMightyBuzzard says. Shorten the name to something simple, maybe 'q' (too much typing otherwise :-) function q () { "$*" > /dev/null 2>&1; }; Of course in bash, you don't need the keyword 'function'! q() { "$*" > /dev/null 2>&1; };
flatcap · 371 weeks and 4 days ago
fantastic, i have created 2 aliases for me. one for total silence, the other just redirects err to out for easy grepping ;) function q () { $* 2>&1 ; } function qq () { $* 2> /dev/null > /dev/null; } PS: I do not think quotes are necessary or even good.
oernii3 · 371 weeks and 3 days ago
* without quotes fails, if there are spaces in the command or its arguments. $* with quotes "expands to a single word with the value of each parameter separated by the first character of the IFS special variable." (man bash). So it tries to run the whole command-line as a command name. So, the only valid option here is "$@". It expands to a list of quoted words, just like the original.
wipu · 371 weeks and 2 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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