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 Write stdin to file with while/read loop

I use a small script to write certain input to a file and prepend
certain strings and  a date to it with code like this:

cat addsnp:

  echo "Keywords: $1" >> $2
  date >> $2
  echo -e "Hit ^D when done to write data to file"
      while read line
      echo $line >> $2

This allows typed/pasted data to be written to $2 after prepending the
string contained in $1 and the date:

  addsnp "Keywords: something" file

Will process/write whatever is given on stdin when I hit ^d.

Not sure I understand why I can't pipe data in and have the same

   echo "SOMETHING" |addsnp "Keywords: " file

`addsnp' doesn't wait for me to hit ^d or add to the data already piped,
then hit ^d.  Is it because a ^d is already being sent?

If so, can I avoid that somehow.  Maybe sticking tr or sed in there with the
right args or something?

I did try (probably dumb) one thing:

  echo "SOMETING" |sed 's/^D//'|addsnp "NOWWHAT" var.file
    (using ^v ^d in the sed part)
Still the `while' loop doesn't wait.

 Tue, 03 Jun 2003 23:30:44 GMT   
 Write stdin to file with while/read loop
In article <>,
Harry Putnam  <> wrote:

There is no ^d.  ^d is how you cause EOF to be signalled when the program
is reading from a terminal.  When you're reading from a file or pipe, EOF
is recognized when you reach the end of the data.

(echo "SOMETHING"; cat) | addsnp "Keywords: file

Barry Margolin,
Genuity, Burlington, MA
Please DON'T copy followups to me -- I'll assume it wasn't posted to the group.

 Wed, 04 Jun 2003 08:36:26 GMT   
 Write stdin to file with while/read loop

{echo "Something"; cat) | addsnp "NOWWHAT" var.file

 Wed, 04 Jun 2003 10:16:50 GMT   
 Write stdin to file with while/read loop




Thanks fellows... I think I've used up my dumb dumb quota for today.

 Wed, 04 Jun 2003 11:18:02 GMT   
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