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Watch several log files in a single window

Terminal - Watch several log files in a single window
multitail /var/log/messages /var/log/apache2/access.log /var/log/mail.info
2009-06-22 06:51:11
User: Neo23x0
Watch several log files in a single window

It works like a "tail -f" on several files.

Use the number keys 0-9 to set a baseline in the numbered window.

Pressing "b" let you scroll back in one of the windows.


There are 6 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
multitail -l 'ssh machine1 "tail -f /var/log/apache2/error.log"' -l 'ssh machine2 "tail -f /var/log/apache2/error.log"'
2011-10-12 10:05:18

this way you have the multitail with all its options running on your own machine with the tails of the two remote machines inside :)

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What others think

um... Why would I want to install (and use) a second command that works exactly like tail -f?

Comment by ozymandias 329 weeks and 1 day ago

It does not work exactly like tail -f


Comment by qubyte 329 weeks and 1 day ago

@ozymandias because it works a little differently than tail -f in that it is intended to follow multiple files, hence the 'multi' part of the multitail name. Neat command!

Comment by bwoodacre 329 weeks and 1 day ago

My experience:

multitail takes 100% of CPU on very busy systems.

Tailing weblogic logs was so horrible, I've had to shot it down.

For messages/syslog it should do just fine.

Comment by HeadLess 328 weeks and 6 days ago

another option is:

sudo grc tail -f /var/log/foo

Comment by Viperlin 328 weeks and 6 days ago

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