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I'm using the less to view log files. This is quite good, but I want to filter out some lines from output. E.g. I don't want to see lines containing "DEBUG" or I want see lines which contain only "[pool-9-thread-4]".

Is there easy way to do it? Is there any more advanced tool to work with log files?

I know solution as grep 'pool-9-thread-4' my.log | less, but it is not good enough - I cannot change filtering criteria and it works slow for large files.

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A list of characters enclosed by [ and ] is called bracket expression.
For example, the regular expression [0123456789] matches any single digit.
You should escape [] to get literal value:

$ grep '\[pool-9-thread-4\]' my.log | less
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Oh, yes, you are right about the brakets, just a typo, but it is not related to my question. – kan Mar 2 '12 at 14:26

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