I wanted to squeeze tcat in today, not just because I have a string of task managers that will otherwise monopolize the week, but also because it’s fun.
tcat saves you the stress of splicing date and cat, and working out the funky sequence to divide them with a tab character.
The help pages promise that tcat does absolutely nothing other than stream data through, and prepend it with a time stamp. So far, it has kept that promise for me.
tcat will let you wrangle the stamp format, in the same way you would might use the date command alone. Together that allows you to pipe any kind of output you like, through tcat and get the same information, just stamped.
Nifty, huh? 😀