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STDBUF(1) User Commands STDBUF(1)


stdbuf - manual page for stdbuf 8.32




Run COMMAND, with modified buffering operations for its standard streams.

Mandatory arguments to long options are mandatory for short options too.

adjust standard input stream buffering
adjust standard output stream buffering
adjust standard error stream buffering
display this help and exit
output version information and exit

If MODE is 'L' the corresponding stream will be line buffered. This option is invalid with standard input.

If MODE is '0' the corresponding stream will be unbuffered.

Otherwise MODE is a number which may be followed by one of the following: KB 1000, K 1024, MB 1000*1000, M 1024*1024, and so on for G, T, P, E, Z, Y. Binary prefixes can be used, too: KiB=K, MiB=M, and so on. In this case the corresponding stream will be fully buffered with the buffer size set to MODE bytes.

NOTE: If COMMAND adjusts the buffering of its standard streams ('tee' does for example) then that will override corresponding changes by 'stdbuf'. Also some filters (like 'dd' and 'cat' etc.) don't use streams for I/O, and are thus unaffected by 'stdbuf' settings.

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Written by Padraig Brady.


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August 2022 GNU coreutils 8.32