stdbuf: Run a command with modified I/O stream buffering
stdbuf allows one to modify the buffering operations of the
three standard I/O streams associated with a program. Synopsis:
stdbuf option… command
command must start with the name of a program that
FILEstreams for input/output (note the programs
catdon’t do that),
teeis not in this category).
args are passed as additional arguments to the
The program accepts the following options. Also see Common options.
Adjust the standard input stream buffering.
Adjust the standard output stream buffering.
Adjust the standard error stream buffering.
mode can be specified as follows:
Set the stream to line buffered mode. In this mode data is coalesced until a newline is output or input is read from any stream attached to a terminal device. This option is invalid with standard input.
Disable buffering of the selected stream.
In this mode, data is output immediately and only the
amount of data requested is read from input.
Note the difference in function for input and output.
Disabling buffering for input will not influence the responsiveness
or blocking behavior of the stream input functions.
fread will still block until
EOF or error,
even if the underlying
read returns less data than requested.
Specify the size of the buffer to use in fully buffered mode.
size may be, or may be an integer optionally followed by,
one of the following multiplicative suffixes:
‘KB’ => 1000 (KiloBytes) ‘K’ => 1024 (KibiBytes) ‘MB’ => 1000*1000 (MegaBytes) ‘M’ => 1024*1024 (MebiBytes) ‘GB’ => 1000*1000*1000 (GigaBytes) ‘G’ => 1024*1024*1024 (GibiBytes)
and so on for ‘
Z’, and ‘
Binary prefixes can be used, too: ‘
and so on.
stdbuf is installed only on platforms that use the
Executable and Linkable Format (ELF) and support the
constructor attribute, so portable scripts should not rely on
125 if stdbuf itself fails 126 if command is found but cannot be invoked 127 if command cannot be found the exit status of command otherwise