Section: User Commands (1)
Updated: July 2014Index
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tailf - follow the growth of a log file
will print out the last 10 lines of the given file
and then wait
for this file
to grow. It is similar to
but does not access the file when it is not growing. This has the side
effect of not updating the access time for the file, so a filesystem flush
does not occur periodically when no log activity is happening.
is extremely useful for monitoring log files on a laptop when logging is
infrequent and the user desires that the hard disk spin down to conserve
- -n, --lines=number, -number
Output the last
lines, instead of the last 10.
- -V, --version
Display version information and exit.
- -h, --help
Display help text and exit.
This program was originally written by Rik Faith (email@example.com
) and may be freely
distributed under the terms of the X11/MIT License. There is ABSOLUTELY
NO WARRANTY for this program.
The latest inotify-based implementation was written by Karel Zak (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The tailf command is part of the util-linux package and is available from
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