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Follow the flow of a log file

Terminal - Follow the flow of a log file
tailf file.log
2009-05-07 20:13:41
Functions: tailf
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Follow the flow of a log file

tailf same as tail -f follow the flow of a log file, showing it in real time to stdout.

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Where is the difference to

tail -f

?

Comment by P17 289 weeks ago

From the tailf manpage:

tailf will print out the last 10 lines of a file and then wait for the file to grow. It is similar to tail -f 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.

Comment by spatz 288 weeks and 6 days ago

Nice

Comment by bwoodacre 288 weeks and 5 days ago

Your point of view

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