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I'm having a problem with tail in Xubuntu (Xfce 4). In my previous ubuntu install (Ubuntu 9.10), if i was tailing a file with tail -f myfile, i could scroll up with the mousewheel to look at an earlier part of the file.

Now though, if it's a file which is being updated while i look at it (like a log file) whenever any new text is updated to the end of the file, the view snaps down to the bottom again, away from the part i was looking at.

This is really annoying, does anyone know how i can change the behaviour?

thanks, max

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Maybe trying a different terminal window will help? Ubuntu normally uses Terminal from Gnome I think. And in xfce it might just use different software that does the scrolling down thing when using tail? Try to install a different Terminal application and see

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ah yes, i think you're right - the one i'm using now is Xfce Terminal Emulator 0.4.3 whereas before it would have been a gnome one like you say. Off to hunt for that then... –  Max Williams Jul 4 '11 at 11:24
    
Yep, that was it: installed "Terminal (gnome-terminal)" via the ubuntu software centre, looks the same but it's the old one alright. Thanks! –  Max Williams Jul 4 '11 at 11:34
    
That was just a shot in the blue, I don't even use Linux ;D –  sinni800 Jul 4 '11 at 13:06
    
One of those things that seems obvious in hindsight :) –  Max Williams Jul 6 '11 at 8:52

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