Pipes

We have already used pipes in many earlier sections. It is a tool for inter-process communication:

    $ command_1 | command_2

In this case, the output of command_1 will be sent as an input to command_2. The limitation is that the communication is half duplex. This means the data can flow in only one direction. Normally, for inter-process communication, you need to open files and then get the file descriptor. This will be used to write to the pipe file. Again, we need to create a Fifo file with special commands. The preceding technique simplifies this process. We only need to insert | in between the two processes. The operating system creates one intermediate buffer. This buffer is used for storing the data from one command and will be ...

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