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Redirecting Standard Input

2.9 Redirecting Standard Input

Not only can you redirect standard output, you can perform the same type of redirection with standard input.

Here's how it works:

When you use the redirect standard input symbol <, you're telling the shell that you want a file to be read as input for a command.

We can use a file we've already created to demonstrate this idea. Just type:

cat < sneakers.txt

Because we used the less-than symbol (<) to separate the cat command from the file, the output of sneakers.txt was read by cat.


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