Originally Posted by maybebaby
so in this scenario which is better to use? > or >> and what verbiage can you pinpoint to tell you which you're supposed to be using, also?
I don't really know what OP is trying to accomplish so it's hard to say. You just have to decide which to use in each case based on whether you want it to overwrite an existing file or append to it. If you know the file you're redirecting to is a new one, the behavior is the same, but people generally use >. As for verbiage the book I like to recommend for this sort of stuff is The Unix Programming Environment
by Kernighan and Pike.