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Watch contents of a file grow

Terminal - Watch contents of a file grow
tail -n 0 -f /var/log/messages
2009-03-02 14:21:18
User: atoponce
Functions: tail
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Watch contents of a file grow

In this case, I'm keeping an eye on /var/log/messages, but of course any file will do. When I'm following a file, I generally don't want to see anything other than what has been added due to the command or service I've executed. This keeps everything clean and tidy for troubleshooting.

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Never thought about that. It's true when you monitor a log file, only new lines are of any interest !

Comment by CodSpirit 282 weeks and 3 days ago

Good idea :)

Comment by raphink 282 weeks and 3 days ago

You can use it without "-n 0".

Just tap enter several times to get some free space between

old and new lines. This might be helpful by watching logfiles

- while - they grow.

Comment by Bender 282 weeks and 3 days ago

I find it useful to associate this with screen splitting in screen. From within a screen session :

^A S : split the screen

tail -n 0 -f /var/log/syslog

^A ^I : focus on the second panel

^A ^C : create a new screen session in the panel

Do your actions in the second panel while you watch your file in the panel on top. Use ^A ^I to switch between panels.

Comment by raphink 282 weeks and 2 days ago

@raphink why not use Yakuake

and you have your log to your right and you can keep executing commands in your left.

Comment by wrongloop 274 weeks and 4 days ago

Your point of view

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