FAQ: Redirection - Your First Redirect

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It says " You should see "Hello World" printed to the console." is this literal? I dont see the console provided anywhere.

Yes, you should see the giant black screen with white words that we’ve been working with for this whole course. if you don’t, check and see if you cant open a new console window by pressing the + button in the top left hand corner of where you would normally see the console

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It says:

The > command redirects the standard output to a file. Here, "Hello" is entered as the standard input, and is then redirected to the file hello.txt by > .

Does this mean > creates files?

If you’re using > for redirection it’ll try to open a file and send output there, assuming the operation is permitted. If the file doesn’t exist one will be created, if a file of that name already exists it will be truncated (emptied) before the new output is added.

So you can create files this way.

Ok, now I understand.
Thank you.

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