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Old 02-17-2012, 10:09 AM   #1
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tee command - multiple pipes


Could you please explain the following (korn shell):

root@server1:/tmp# ls -l file1
-rw-r--r-- 1 root system 4 Feb 17 15:47 file1
root@server1:/tmp# cat file1
root@server1:/tmp# cat file1 |tee file2 |tee file3

Why do I see only one output on stdout no matter there are two "tee" commands? Files "file2" and "file3" are created.


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Old 02-17-2012, 10:31 AM   #2
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tee simply receives stdout from the pipe chain and reliably reproduces it.

So the output each time goes to the next piped command. The final "tee file3" is the thing that actually ends up dumping to console, because it's the only command whose output is not being piped.

If you want to maintain your tee behaviour, but also see the output as many times as it is copied, you could:

for i in `seq 1 3`; do
    cat file1 | tee file$i


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