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send top command output to  a text file ?

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Hello, I am using an Ubuntu 12.04 Linux system and am trying to capture the output of the top command using the following command:

 sudo top -n 1 -b > top-output.txt

when I run this command I get the following error, can someone let me know what I need to do to avoid this error and be able to capture the output as a text file?

-bash: top-output.txt: Permission denied
 

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sudo will run top with root privs, but any file redirection will occur as the userid invoking the command.

Unless sudo has suid disabled, then there's no need to use sudo.

Just redirect the output to a directory you have write permission for, eg:

top -n 1 -b >/tmp/top-output.txt
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Thank you, it works.
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