script — Linux Command — Unix Command

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script - make typescript of terminal session 


script [-a ] [-f ] [-q ] [-t ] [file ]  


Script makes a typescript of everything printed on your terminal. It is useful for students who need a hardcopy record of an interactive session as proof of an assignment, as the typescript file can be printed out later with lpr(1).

If the argument file is given, script saves all dialogue in file If no file name is given, the typescript is saved in the file typescript



Append the output to file or typescript retaining the prior contents.


Flush output after each write. This is nice for tele-cooperation: One person does `mkfifo foo; script -f foo' and another can supervise real-time what is being done using `cat foo.'


Be quiet.


Output timing data to standard error. This data contains two fields, separated by a space. The first field indicates how much time elapsed since the previous output. The second field indicates how many characters were output this time. This information can be used to replay typescripts with realistic typing and output delays.

The script ends when the forked shell exits (a control-D to exit the Bourne shell ( sh(1)) and exit ,logout or control-d (if ignoreeof is not set) for the C-shell, csh(1)).

Certain interactive commands, such as vi(1), create garbage in the typescript file. Script works best with commands that do not manipulate the screen, the results are meant to emulate a hardcopy terminal.  

Use the man command (% man) to see how a command is used on your particular computer.