You can send output to /dev/null, by using command >/dev/null syntax. However, this will not work when command will use the standard error (FD # 2). So you need to modify >/dev/null as follows to redirect both output and errors to /dev/null.
Syntax to redirect error and output messages to /dev/null
The syntax discussed below works with Bourne-like shells, such as sh, ksh, and bash:
$ command > /dev/null 2>&1 $ ./script.sh > /dev/null 2>&1 $ ./example.pl > /dev/null 2>&1
command &>/dev/null job arg1 arg2 &>/dev/null /path/to/script arg1 &>/dev/null
You can also use the same syntax for all your cronjobs to avoid emails and output / error messages:
@hourly /scripts/backup/nas.backup >/dev/null 2>&1
@hourly /scripts/backup/nas.backup &>/dev/null
Redirect both standard error and standard out messages to a log file
You can always redirect both standard error (stdin) and standard out (stdout) text to an output file or a log file by typing the following command:
command > file 2>&1 /path/to/my/cool/appname > myapp.log 2>&1
Want to close stdout and stderr for the command being executed on a Linux/Unix/BSD/OSX bash shell?
Try the following syntax:
## Thanks http://www.cyberciti.biz/faq/how-to-redirect-output-and-errors-to-devnull/#comment-40252 ## command 1>&- 2>&- ## Note: additional '&' at the end of job to put it in backgrounds ## job 1>&- 2>&- & command 1>&- 2>&- &