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tee [OPTION]... [FILE]...

tee copies standard input to each FILE, and also to standard output.

I use this a lot in shell scripts. Often you want to log the output of a script to a file, but also see its output in real time when run manually. This allows that to happen.


Output the results of a command to a file and also the screen

$ ps -ef | tee /tmp/pslist.txt

Append to a previously created output file

$ ps -ef | tee -a /tmp/pslist.txt

Redirect stderr to the file as well

This redirects stderr to the file so that it contains the error message:
$ xxx > /tmp/xxx.txt 2>&1

However, when using tee this does not work as expected:
$ xxx | tee /tmp/xxx.txt 2>&1

You need to do this:
$ xxx 2>&1 | tee /tmp/xxx.txt