Opening the file descriptors for reading and writing

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Bash supports the following syntax to open file for both reading and writing on file descriptor:

exec fd<>fileName
  • File descriptor 0 is used if fd is not specified.
  • If the file does not exist, it is created.
  • This syntax is useful to update file.


Create a shell script called

# Opening file descriptors # 3 for reading and writing
# i.e. /tmp/out.txt
exec 3<>$FILENAME

# Write to file
echo "Today is $(date)" >&3
echo "Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. " >&3
echo "Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering." >&3
echo "--- Zoda" >&3

# close fd # 3
exec 3>&-