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Old 02-03-2018, 02:12 PM   #31
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Originally Posted by Pomerano View Post
This also worked, thank you! Although I just can't tell how, at the moment... (+1)
It's just terminal escape sequences sent to cat via standard input (cat -)

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Old 02-03-2018, 03:30 PM   #32
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(Heads up - The solution is found summarized and reviewed in this very post)

This thread has now been officially solved and I would like to reach out to all of you here at, who made this happen.
By the time I wrote this I understood a lot more regarding this topic. So, for you future googlers, let me enlighten you:

Cat is a non-interactive tool and only has one move and one move only. It does it really well but that is also all it does. Look it up for yourself: "whatis cat" or "man cat", for that matter. (source: - man pages/Linux documentation).
The solution I was looking for goes by the name of UUOC and stands for "Useless Use of Cat". - Obvious, right?
Now, UUOC has a lot of solutions to do this, however, for the sake of it, I will only show the ones that personally worked for me. Referring to this thread as the main source.
tail and more is my "go-to" for this:
tail -1 /var/log/messages
cat /var/log/messages | tail -1

This will only show the last (based on the value -1) log/part of the file of which you wish to cat.
more -1 var/log/messages
cat var/log/messages | more -1

This will only summon the last row (based on the value: -1) of the log/file, followed by a binding button to your key "RETURN/ENTER".
The reason to why I did not find a solution to this very issue was mainly because every answer discluded the command "cat" as a part of the natural result.
Luckily, I now know that removing Cat is just a matter of personal reference, as it's just a bit more effective and a more natural way of using it. In other words, it is not at all necessary for the task itself, to be performed properly.

This method is called "piping", by the way, and it could be compared to the procedure that is involved in water transmission - Where, in this case, Cat would be the "big-mother-pipe" (so to speak) - who transmits the massive gallons of water - while the water pipes, connecting it to the water tap (a tool to UUOC), which lets you contain it with ease in comparison to the "big-mother-water-pipe". So, to summarize this example: Cat cannot be contained and therefore must be "piped" to a more containable environment, which in this case would be a UUOC like "tail" or "more".

On a side-note: I understand if this was a hard nut to crack since I had misinterpreted the use of Cat. So to the people on the first page, I apologize for misleading you.
Ultimately many many thanks to the people who tried to help me on my journey and special thanks to those who provided me the information of which helped me solve this puzzle once and for all!

Special credits goes to:
scasey - for providing the method of using "tail" AND (the crucial method of) displaying that Cat can still be included!!!
jefro - for mentioning the method "more".
allend - for mentioning UUOC and for providing the use of the tool LESS.
keefaz - for giving the tool "X-terminal", along with a further explanation on how it works.
pan64 - for asking the right questions and providing a number of UUOC-tools
syg00 - for giving the expression of "piping" which gave a clear understanding of the range of it can be used.
dugan and hydrurgan - for the laughter and for stating the obvious (which I did not know back then) that CAT can NOT, by any means, be tempered with alone.

If you found this post helpful, please mark this post as helpful *duh*.

Thank you for reading through
Yours sincerely,

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Originally Posted by Pomerano View Post
On a side-note: I understand if this was a hard nut to crack since I had misinterpreted the use of Cat. So to the people on the first page, I apologize for misleading you.
I don't think you are misleading us. As you wrote you have misunderstood something, but now you know more (or less. or cat. or most ... whatever ...).

I have to say I'm now really surprised and I'm glad you have finally found that solution.


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