Shell command pipelines are a feature of *nix shells. This feature allows you to redirect the output of one command directly to the input of another command. Command pipelines are built by typing a syntactically correct command, then entering the “pipe character, “|” then another syntactically correct command. This can be done as many times as required.
This is fabulously useful. It allows you to perform many tasks with a single command. Each individual command performs a relatively simple, straightforward function. When multiple commands are piped together, minutes worth of typing, copying, and pasting are compressed into a single command.
If you’re already familiar with command pipelines, please let me know if I made any mistakes. If you aren’t familiar with them, adding them to your toolkit is a big upgrade to your capabilities. Continue reading “Shell Command Pipelines”