Watch and cat the last file to enter a directory

watch "cat `ls -rcA1 | tail -n1`"
Great for watching things like Maildir's or any other queue directory.

By: donnoman
2011-03-25 01:22:05

What Others Think

You don't need the 'cat' in the middle, you can add -1 (one) to ls: watch "cat `ls -rcA1 | tail -n1`"
flatcap · 501 weeks ago
Great, thanks for the tip, updated the command.
donnoman · 501 weeks ago
zsh: watch cat *(om[1])
zolden · 501 weeks ago

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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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