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redirect stdout to emacs scratch

From: pagod
Subject: redirect stdout to emacs scratch
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2008 00:55:37 -0800 (PST)

hi everyone!

this is probably a very easy question (there has to be a way!), but i
haven't been able to find the answer, so i'm turning to this forum, hoping
someone can give me a hint!

what i want to do is very simple: i want to be able to redirect the stdout
of any program on the command line into emacs' scratch buffer -- the way it
works with less or joe or whatever. i want to do it with emacs because i'm
used to using it and i need syntax coloring, but when i try it i get the
message "standard input is not a tty". then what is it? the way i've tried
it is quite the usual way:

pagod> echo "hello, world" | emacs
emacs: standard input is not a tty

my emacs is aliased to "emacs -nw" because i'm in a terminal, so the option
is assumed by default anyway. i'm using the no-window version of emacs
because i run it from within an ssh session running zsh on a linux server,
connecting using putty from a windows workstation. emacs version is 22.2.1,
running in a SuSE 11.0.

it'd be great if someone could help me do that!

thx a lot


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