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Linux: Create Text File on Linux Shell / Command Line - Comment Page: 1

This is a very typical case, the need to create a temp file on the command line quickly. Opening editor, writing content, save file and quit editor is not the fastest possible way. A faster way is to use the cat command with the name of the file and write contents of the file and give the end-of-file character (Ctrl-D). This is guide, howto create (or append to) text file without text editor on...


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How could you copy the text in the shell to a file. Say I run a series of commands. Such as wget, tar. ./configure, make, make install. I want to save all the messages in a file.

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Hi john,

You can do following to get your command output to file:

## Create new file ##
command > /path/to/file.txt

## Append to file ##
command >> /path/to/file.txt

Real example:

## Create new file ##
ls -la /var/log > /tmp/var-log.txt

## Append to file ##
ls -la /var/log >> /tmp/var-log.txt
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