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Re^4: Output of a command

by gaal (Parson)
on Jul 30, 2008 at 06:05 UTC ( #701027=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^3: Output of a command
in thread Output of a command

It's a pet peeve of mine for help text explicitly requested to go to stderr. If I asked for it, and it's long, please put it on stdout so I don't have to work harder to pipe it into $PAGER. Of course, if something's wrong and you need to give me an error message with some helpful text, it's fine to put it on stderr to lessen the chance of breaking my pipes.

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Re^5: Output of a command
by Anomynous Monk (Scribe) on Jul 30, 2008 at 06:35 UTC
    Yeah. Help going to stderr also breaks the --help|less idiom.
      ... then frustratingly one invokes p --help 2>&1 | q (in a bourne like shell).

      Which is why you should use a better shell and just use --help |& less instead (and set up abbrevs so you can just type ,le SPC which expands into |& less for you . . . :).

      The cake is a lie.
      The cake is a lie.
      The cake is a lie.

        Actually, what I do for this stuff is set up the following in my .bashrc:

        # automatically keep output of commands in a logfile for immediate # subsequent inspection alias ll="$PAGER /tmp/last.log" l () { if [ "x$1" = "x" ] ; then echo "did you mean 'll'?" ; \ else /usr/bin/env " $@" 2>&1 | tee /tmp/last.log ; fi }

        l !! and then ll is less mental load for me.

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