error output redirection

George Davidovich freebsd at
Sun Oct 11 22:46:17 UTC 2009

On Sun, Oct 11, 2009 at 11:36:52PM +0200, Stefan Miklosovic wrote:
> if error output of some program appear on screen, it is possible to
> print it also to some file simultaneously?

Depends on the program, but generally, yes.

> e.g if I "cat" file which do not exist, error is on screen, I want to
> add that error to some file (errors.txt)

Replacing 'cat file_that_does_not_exist' with 'badcommand'

  # redirect STDERR to a file
  badcommand 2> errors.txt

  # append STDERR to a file
  badcommand 2>> errors.txt

  # fun with file descriptors to have it both ways
  badcommand 3>&1 1>&2 2>&3 | tee errors.txt


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