Watch several log files in a single window

multitail /var/log/messages /var/log/apache2/access.log /var/log/
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.

By: Neo23x0
2009-06-22 06:51:11

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um... Why would I want to install (and use) a second command that works exactly like tail -f?
ozymandias · 649 weeks and 4 days ago
It does not work exactly like tail -f
qubyte · 649 weeks and 4 days 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!
bwoodacre · 649 weeks and 4 days 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.
HeadLess · 649 weeks and 2 days ago
another option is: sudo grc tail -f /var/log/foo
Viperlin · 649 weeks and 2 days ago
I'm not ashamed that he wasn't the one honorable mention
yeoyeo · 15 weeks and 5 days ago

What do you think?

Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

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