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Old 06-12-2007, 12:59 PM   #1
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Redirecting output to a compressed file

i have a process which produces a lot of output. How would i compress this output on the fly in order to conserve disk space? how would i do this?
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Where is it going now?---one big file?

Quick poking around says that you cannot pipe to tar, but you can to gzip.

eg, this works:

cat file | gzip >newfile

So you could pipe the output of your process to gzip, but how would it know when to quit (and close the file)?
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right now i redirect to a file..

./program < /dev/null >> stdout.$(date +%Y%m%d).txt 2>&1
Old 06-13-2007, 07:51 AM   #4
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I think i figured it out.. I created a node file ( fifo ) and then redirect the output to gzip..

mknod pipe.txt p
./program > pipe.txt
gzip < pipe.txt > info.gz


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