FAQ: Redirection - <


This community-built FAQ covers the “<” exercise from the lesson “Redirection”.

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I’m still not completely clear on ‘<’. How is:

cat < rivers.txt

different to simply cat rivers.txt?


would also like to know this. i imagine that the question is answered somewhere down the line, but it would be helpful to specify the difference between the two commands when the second one is introduced.


@daveclayt @pyslayer64035

Guys, you can find an answer to your question here: What is a good use of input redirection “<”?

I’m putting it here, in case someone have the same question.