bash: passing output from one program to another


sometimes you want to be able to pass output from one program to another, say from bash to php. There is a neat trick to do it. In php, we execute the bash script restartapache.

<?php 
$command="/usr/local/bin/restartapache {$_GET['server']}"; 
exec($command, $output); foreach ($output as $v) 
{ echo "$v <br/>"; } 
?>

then in the bash, we write the output to a file. cat the file, then remove it.

#!/bin/bash
#
# $Id$
# restart apache in a server
# bernard - 29 Jan 2009
#

name=`basename $0`
if [ $# != 1 ]
 then
  cat <&1 /tmp/$$
cat /tmp/$$
rm /tmp/$$
exit 0;
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