linux - 如何重定向已经运行的进程的输出

original title: "linux - How to redirect output of an already running process"


这个问题在这里已经有答案:使用命令行重定向启动后的进程的STDERR / STDOUT吗? ...


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    See Redirecting Output from a Running Process.

    Firstly I run the command cat > foo1 in one session and test that data from stdin is copied to the file. Then in another session I redirect the output.

    Firstly find the PID of the process:

    $ ps aux | grep cat
    rjc 6760 0.0 0.0 1580 376 pts/5 S+ 15:31 0:00 cat

    Now check the file handles it has open:

    $ ls -l /proc/6760/fd
    total 3
    lrwx—— 1 rjc rjc 64 Feb 27 15:32 0 -> /dev/pts/5
    l-wx—— 1 rjc rjc 64 Feb 27 15:32 1 -> /tmp/foo1
    lrwx—— 1 rjc rjc 64 Feb 27 15:32 2 -> /dev/pts/5

    Now run GDB:

    $ gdb -p 6760 /bin/cat
    GNU gdb 6.4.90-debian
    [license stuff snipped]
    Attaching to program: /bin/cat, process 6760
    [snip other stuff that's not interesting now]
    (gdb) p close(1)
    $1 = 0
    (gdb) p creat("/tmp/foo3", 0600)
    $2 = 1
    (gdb) q
    The program is running. Quit anyway (and detach it)? (y or n) y
    Detaching from program: /bin/cat, process 6760

    The p command in GDB will print the value of an expression, an expression can be a function to call, it can be a system call… So I execute a close() system call and pass file handle 1, then I execute a creat() system call to open a new file. The result of the creat() was 1 which means that it replaced the previous file handle. If I wanted to use the same file for stdout and stderr or if I wanted to replace a file handle with some other number then I would need to call the dup2() system call to achieve that result.

    For this example I chose to use creat() instead of open() because there are fewer parameter. The C macros for the flags are not usable from GDB (it doesn’t use C headers) so I would have to read header files to discover this – it’s not that hard to do so but would take more time. Note that 0600 is the octal permission for the owner having read/write access and the group and others having no access. It would also work to use 0 for that parameter and run chmod on the file later on.

    After that I verify the result:

    ls -l /proc/6760/fd/
    total 3
    lrwx—— 1 rjc rjc 64 2008-02-27 15:32 0 -> /dev/pts/5
    l-wx—— 1 rjc rjc 64 2008-02-27 15:32 1 -> /tmp/foo3 <====
    lrwx—— 1 rjc rjc 64 2008-02-27 15:32 2 -> /dev/pts/5

    Typing more data in to cat results in the file /tmp/foo3 being appended to.

    If you want to close the original session you need to close all file handles for it, open a new device that can be the controlling tty, and then call setsid().

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    You can also do it using reredirect (


    reredirect -m FILE PID

    and outputs (standard and error) will be written in FILE.

    reredirect README also explains how to restore original state of process, how to redirect to another command or to redirect only stdout or stderr.

    reredirect also provide a script called relink that allows to redirect to current terminal:

    relink PID
    relink PID | grep usefull_content

    (reredirect seems to have same features than Dupx described in another answer but, it does not depends on Gdb).

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    Dupx is a simple *nix utility to redirect standard output/input/error of an already running process.


    I've often found myself in a situation where a process I started on a remote system via SSH takes much longer than I had anticipated. I need to break the SSH connection, but if I do so, the process will die if it tries to write something on stdout/error of a broken pipe. I wish I could suspend the process with ^Z and then do a

    bg %1 >/tmp/stdout 2>/tmp/stderr 

    Unfortunately this will not work (in shells I know).

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    If process is running in a screen session you can use screen's log command to log the output of that window to a file:

    Switch to the script's window, C-a H to log.
    Now you can :

    $ tail -f screenlog.2 | grep whatever

    From screen's man page:

    log [on|off]

    Start/stop writing output of the current window to a file "screenlog.n" in the window's default directory, where n is the number of the current window. This filename can be changed with the 'logfile' command. If no parameter is given, the state of logging is toggled. The session log is appended to the previous contents of the file if it already exists. The current contents and the contents of the scrollback history are not included in the session log. Default is 'off'.

    I'm sure tmux has something similar as well.

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    I collected some information on the internet and prepared the script that requires no external tool: See my response here. Hope it's helpful.