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Re: stderr usage instead of /dev/tty

From: Philip Lijnzaad
Subject: Re: stderr usage instead of /dev/tty
Date: 08 Aug 2001 13:50:06 +0100

> Nobody commented on my previous patch to bash
> to tell it to interact with /dev/tty instead of stderr.
> Is it complete lunacy or what? In 10 words or less
> why does bash use stderr instead of /dev/tty ?

I may have missed this, but you (I mean, programs in general) have to have
very good reasons to use /dev/tty.

This is because you might like to ignore stderr, or to pipe it to some other
process or redirect it to a particular file. All of this is not possible with
/dev/tty, which isn't even be available on non-interactive processes like a
cron job.  Or did I miss something obvious ? 

Real programs don't eat cache (Malay)
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