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OT: Grepping style (was Re: Re (2): Laptop with external display running X11.)

> On Fri, 02 Dec 2011 01:25:16 +0100, deloptes wrote:
> > cat /var/log/Xorg.0.log | grep EE
> What's the purpose of this superfluous "cat" (and the pipe)?
> grep EE /var/log/Xorg.0.log

  I noticed that too -- I actually do this all the time, and I'm 
not 100% sure why.  It's true that sometimes the input to grep is
not a file, but the output of some script.

  I can rationalize that "(thing-which-generates-data) | grep (pattern)" 
will *always* work, and is thus preferred to "grep (pattern) (thing)",
which only works on files, but I don't really know if that's the

                                       -- A.
Andrew Reid / reidac@bellatlantic.net

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