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I'm trying to save the errors when I do a chmod to a file. I am running the command:

chmod -R 766 * > chmod-errors.txt

But that does not work. I also tried

chmod -R 766 * | cat > chmod-errors.txt

What am I doing wrong?

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You are redirecting the standard output of the command, not the error output. You need to redirect the error output to the file.

chmod -R 766 * 2> chmod-errors.txt
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+1 Simple, clean and...right! :D – dag729 Jun 29 '10 at 22:52
1 For more reference material and a detailed explanation. – Nitrodist Jun 29 '10 at 22:56
Thanks @honk, worked great. And thanks @Nitrodist for the background info! I appreciate it VERY much! – artlung Jun 29 '10 at 23:02

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