Printing output of c program to a file in Linux

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Q. I’ve written a small program that does something useful for me. I always get output on screen. Sometime I need to send output to a file. How do I print output of my program to a file w/o making any changes to code?

A. Bash shell (and many other modern UNIX shell) supports the concept of I/O redirection It allows you to redirect standard output (screen), standard error and standard input (keyboard) using the following syntax.
command > output.file
command < input.file command >& error-n-output.file

So to redirect output of your own C program just enter:
$ ./myprogr > output.txt
$ cat output.txt