How to supress a "Killed" message when a process is terminated?


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How to supress a "Killed" message when a process is terminated?

Does anyone know how I can supress the "Killed" message that's produced when I kill a process? I've got a script that performs a "tail -f" on a database error log and pipes the output into an awk script which looks for certain error messages and forwards any that qualify to my pager. The problem is, the error log gets renamed nightly, so I have to stop and restart my script, in order to pick up the new file. When I kill the "tail -f" process through a different script, a "Killed" message is generated and sent to the user under whom the "tail -f" cron was running. That "Killed" message is what I'm trying to supress. I've tried directing the STDERR to /dev/null, but don't seem to be having any luck. If it matters, this is a Bourne (/bin/sh) shell script.

TIA!
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The "killed" message comes from the shell not the tail. So you need to redirect the shell's file descriptors. Try this:

exec >/dev/null 2>&1
something | tail-f >/dev/tty 2>&1
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That seems to help. Thanks very much!
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