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Re: bash command incompatibility

Petre Bandac wrote:
> [petre@xxl]$ cat /dev/null > fetchmail.log
>      ~
> zsh: file exists: fetchmail.log
> [petre@xxl]$
> when using bash, this was the command to empty the log files. why
> doesn't it work in zsh ?

Somewhere in one of the startup scripts someone has put `setopt
noclobber'.  You need to turn it off:

unsetopt noclobber

Putting this in ~/.zshrc should be late enough to cancel it if it's in
one of the system startup scripts.

The option actually exists in bash, too, but clearly wasn't turned on.

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