Jul 27, 2010, 17:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mitch Frazier)
"One of the new features in bash 4.0 is the coproc statement.
The coproc statement allows you to create a co-process that is
connected to the invoking shell via two pipes: one to send input to
the co-process and one to get output from the co-process.
"The first use that I found for this I discovered while trying
to do logging and using exec redirections. The goal was to allow
you to optionally start writing all of a script's output to a log
file once the script had already begun (e.g. due to a --log command
"The main problem with logging output after the script has
already started is that the script may have been invoked with the
output already redirected (to a file or to a pipe). If we change
where the output goes when the output has already been redirected
then we will not be executing the command as intended by the