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Run command if stdin is not empty on Linux

ifne runs the following command if and only if the standard input is not empty. 

Options -n. Reverse operation. Run the command if the standard input is empty.

The ifne command is part of the moreutils package.

$ sudo yum -y install  moreutils

Example usage:

Send email if and only if there is content:


$ mysql --login-path=goyun mysql -e "select * from user where user='goyuninfo'\G" | ifne mailx -s "User goyuninfo found in mysql" service@goyun.info

If you don't want to install ifne, the following is the same:

$ output=$(mysql --login-path=goyun mysql -e "select * from user where user='goyuninfo'\G"); [[ -n "$output" ]] && mailx -s "User goyuninfo found in mysql" service@goyun.info

Reverse: 

$ mysql --login-path=goyun mysql -e "select * from user where user='goyuninfo'\G" | ifne -n mailx -s "User goyuninfo not found in mysql" service@goyun.info
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