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Watch and cat the last file to enter a directory

Terminal - Watch and cat the last file to enter a directory
watch "cat `ls -rcA1 | tail -n1`"
2011-03-25 01:22:05
User: donnoman
Functions: watch
Watch and cat the last file to enter a directory

Great for watching things like Maildir's or any other queue directory.


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Terminal - Alternatives

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You don't need the 'cat' in the middle, you can add -1 (one) to ls:

watch "cat `ls -rcA1 | tail -n1`"
Comment by flatcap 270 weeks and 1 day ago

Great, thanks for the tip, updated the command.

Comment by donnoman 270 weeks and 1 day ago


watch cat *(om[1])

Comment by zolden 270 weeks ago

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