cat << EOF
Examples of cat <<EOF syntax usage in Bash
Some rules about the Here tags:
The tag can be any string, uppercase or lowercase, though most people use uppercase by convention.
The tag will not be considered as a Here tag if there are other words in that line. In this case, it will merely be considered part of the string. The tag should be by itself on a separate line, to be considered a tag.
The tag should have no leading or trailing spaces in that line to be considered a tag. Otherwise it will be considered as part of the string.
1. Assign multi-line string to a shell variable
$ sql=$(cat <<EOF
SELECT foo, bar FROM db
The $sql variable now holds the new-line characters too. You can verify with echo -e "$sql".
2. Pass multi-line string to a file in Bash
$ cat <<EOF > print.sh
The print.sh file now contains:
3. Pass multi-line string to a pipe in Bash
$ cat <<EOF | grep 'b' | tee b.txt
$ cat >> test <<HERE
> Hello world HERE <-- Not by itself on a separate line -> not considered end of string
> This is a test
> HERE <-- Leading space, so not considered end of string
> and a new line
> HERE <-- Now we have the end of the string
cat <<EOF >>brightup.sh
# Created on $(date # : <<-- this will be evaluated before cat;)
echo "\$HOME will not be evaluated because it is backslash-escaped"