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I've tried to find etymology of Linux command tee that splits standard output onto two another outputs. Have anyone reference on this history or word origin?

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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it doesn't appear to be about the English language. – JHCL Oct 28 '15 at 19:27
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    It's a metaphor based the shape of the capital letter T. The top line represents the pipe from input to output, while the descender is the pipe leading down to save a copy to a file. – John Lawler Oct 28 '15 at 19:28
  • @JHCL Isn't questions about etymology English language related topic? – Dewfy Oct 28 '15 at 19:38
  • @Dewfy - if it's an English language word, you could look up the meaning and etymology yourself. Come back here if you're still not sure. If it's not an English word, it's off topic – JHCL Oct 28 '15 at 19:41
  • @Dewfy: I don't need accepting, thanks. BTW, it's not just Linux but all versions of UNIX™. – John Lawler Oct 28 '15 at 19:48
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Linux/Unix uses several plumbing references (like 'piping' output to another command with the | character). A 'tee' in plumbing is a part that is so-called for it's shape, which looks like the letter 'T'. And it routes it's contents in two different directions.

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