Windows – Redirect Windows cmd stdout and stderr to a single file


I'm trying to redirect all output (stdout + stderr) of a DOS command to a single file:

C:\>dir 1> a.txt 2> a.txt
The process cannot access the file because it is being used by another process.

Is it possible, or should I just redirect to two separate files?

Best Solution

You want:

dir > a.txt 2>&1

The syntax 2>&1 will redirect 2 (stderr) to 1 (stdout). You can also hide messages by redirecting to NUL, more explanation and examples on MSDN.

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