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speak a chat log file while it's running

Terminal - speak a chat log file while it's running
tail -f LOGFILE | perl -ne '`say "$_"`;'
2011-09-16 05:33:22
User: tamouse
Functions: perl tail
speak a chat log file while it's running

say only processes a complete file, at eof, so following a file isn't possible. Quick and dirty perl oneliner to feed each line from the tail -f to say. Yes, expensive to lauch a new process each line.

This little ditty was prompted by a discussion on how horrible it is to use VoiceOver on ncurses programs such as irssi.


There are 4 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
tail -f LOGFILE | awk '{system("say \"" $0 "\"");}'
2011-09-16 06:20:06
User: tamouse
Functions: awk tail
Tags: awk tail say

like #9295, but awkish instead of perlish

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This is hilarious ! suddently you are in the middle of a bad hacker movie hahaha

Comment by saze 219 weeks and 2 days ago

Okay, forgot about -n:

tail -f LOGFILE | perl -ne '`say "$_"`;'
Comment by tamouse 219 weeks and 2 days ago

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