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I have a linux script that generates a string and prints it to the console. I want this string to be the name of a file and open it for editing in vi. How can this be done?

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up vote 2 down vote accepted

You can try with:

vi -- "$(your-script)"
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Use the backtick char to escape the script: (on the same key as the tilde ~ char)

vi `./script`

And if the output has spaces that you stil want to see as a single parameter:

vi "`./script`"

test it:

vi "`echo This is my new filename.txt`"

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Does your script do this?

var=somestring
echo $var

That prints simplestring on the console

But this...

var=somestring
date >$var

will create a file named somestring and put the date and time into it. But maybe you want to be really clever...

echo -n What file should I use for the log?
read var
exec >$var 2>&1
date

The -n tells echo not to emit a newline. The exec command doesn't execute anything, just changes the stdout (#1) and stderr (#2). The 2>&1 says to make 2 (stderr) go to the same place as 1 (stdout).

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