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Re: [vox] cat and >> - how does it know?
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Re: [vox] cat and >> - how does it know?



On Thu, Jun 13, 2002 at 05:00:26PM -0700, ME wrote:
> At one time use of > did, but I dont recall what >> did. Feature
> enahncement been in place for a while. I seem to recall earlier version
> of SunOS has this as a problem (destruction of file) for when I tested it
> on a Linux Distro a few years ago, it gave similar error, and left the
> file undamaged.

I was using ">>", which is why the file didn't die.

If files _don't_ die, it could be that the ">" redirect waits for the
first inkling of data on stdout before clobbering any exsiting file and
starting anew.

-bill!
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