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
Andrew Reid / firstname.lastname@example.org