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Watch several log files of different machines in a single multitail window on your own machine

Terminal - Watch several log files of different machines in a single multitail window on your own machine
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
Watch several log files of different machines in a single multitail window on your own machine

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


There are 5 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
multitail /var/log/messages /var/log/apache2/access.log /var/log/mail.info
2009-06-22 06:51:11
User: Neo23x0

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.

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What others think

There is another tool that was designed for this:


The syntax (and the fact that you can put options in a config file) is quite nice.

Look for the "monkeytail" package in Debian/Ubuntu which provides the "mtail" binary.

Comment by fmarier 261 weeks and 1 day ago

Your point of view

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