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In order to paste two outputs from two commands, I have
to re-direct the outputs to 2 temporary files and then paste
them together, such as,
  cmd1 > tmpfile1
  cmd2 > tmpfile2
  paste tmpfile1 tmpfile2 > the_wanted_results

Can some one think of way to elimilate the use of
the temporay files, i.e., make it one liner instead
of using three lines.
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Question by:geermu
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by:jlevie
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That's easy, do it like so:

cmd1 >wanted_results
cmd2 >>wanted_results

On the first command the single redirection operator (>) created a new file to hold what cmd1 produced on STDOUT. The second line used the append redirection operator that appends data to an existing file (and on most Unixen it will create the file if it doesn't exist_. So in general it is safe to do:

cmd1 >>wanted_results
cmd2 >>wanted_results
cmd3 >>wanted_results
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by:hotbox
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yes,use >> to append your others output to same file.
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by:geermu
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No, it is not append.
It is paste.
I have increased the points. I guess it may need to
combine sub-shell and pipe to do it.
Thanks.
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by:ahoffmann
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(cmd1; cmd2)>the_wanted_results
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by:tfewster
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I doubt you can do this from the command line, as:
a) cmd1 will put a carriage return at the end of each output line, so the output from cmd2 will appear on the next line instead of tab-separated;
b) cmd1 & cmd2 are not synchronised, so cmd1 may write 2 lines of output before cmd2 writes its first output.

Of course, it depends on the commands. If you tell us more about what you are trying to do, we may be able to suggest an alternative.

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ecw earned 600 total points
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in ksh...
cmd1 |& exec 4>&p 3<&p cmd2 |& while read line1 <&3 && read line2 <&p ; do echo "$line1 $line2" ; done ; cat <&3 ; cat <&p ; exec 4>&- 4<&-

all one line, seriously though what you're tryng to do can't be done unless your OS has /dev/fd support and your shell does not gratuitously close fd's when exec'ing a command.  IIRC, bourne shell leaves all fd's open, ksh and its kin close all but std{in,out,err}.
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by:ozo
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Would you settle for two lines and 1 temporary file?
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by:PeterMac
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Sorry missed this earlier,

paste 'cmd1' 'cmd2' > result_file

quotes around cmd1 & cmd2 are backquote, execute in situ, and replace with standard out from comand.
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by:ecw
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 paste [-s] [-d list] file...
Hmm. I don't think "paste 'cmd1' 'cmd2' > result_file" will do.
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