Unix command to view the end of a file

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Other ways to increase max open files?

I have an application which keeps giving me the following error. tail: inotify cannot be used, reverting to polling: Too many open files I have already followed all the advice I've been able to ...
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Discard content of logfile, keeping tail

I'm looking for a way how to discard content of the logfile, leaving only defined tail. In two steps it's quite easy: tail -n1000 alert_migtst.log > alert_migtst.tail mv -f alert_migtst.tail ...
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Is it possible to `tail -f` the output of `dmesg`?

Want to do something like dmesg | tail -f but it doesn't work: I use Mac OSX 10.6.7, by doing that the tail will exit, instead of monitoring the output. I wonder if there is any way to do it, or ...
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tail stops working

I am tailing a file in unix. It stops working sometimes and I have to re-run the command. Anyone know why this happens?
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tail a file without wrapping the lines on a mac

I want to tail -f a file that may contain very long lines. I would also like to see one line per screen line and scroll to the side if necessary, much like Vim's zL and zH, so no line wrapping, Is ...
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Tail and grep recursively?

Trying to tail though a list of domains to search for a hacker code. All the files that I'm looking for are the same so I was trying something like this: grep -rnl * -e "Ai9LbaFz7lC13SwzDxAYT72vwA" ...
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Is it possible to tail -f an external web resource?

Can I tail -f an output from http://example.com? I want to monitor external JSON file.
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Using watch with pipes

I'd like to run this command: watch -n 1 tail -n 200 log/site_dev.log | grep Doctrine But it does not run, because "I think" that the grep tries to run on the watch instead of the tail... Is there ...
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Extract the contents of ELF and write to binary file

I have been trying to extract the contents of a firmware and putting it to a binary file, but with no success. I see the right hex contents, but am not sure how to laid them in bits into a file. ...
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Unix /Linux show the last part of a file with line numbers

Is there a way to make tail show a line number in front of the last lines it show so that it show the growth of the file when using it in a script. e.g: when using it in a script like this one: ...
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Why tail -f is not working for a proc file?

I have a proc file which is updated by a driver. In user space I am reading using tail. It is working fine, But when i give -f option for tail, It is not working. This means it is reading file ...
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Is there any tail like tool supporting WebDav

My problem is that that a proprietary SaaS platform im developing on/for only provides log files via WebDav. During development this log files can get quite large by the end of the day (think 200 Mb+) ...
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Use tail directly on website data, or another utility needed?

I am planning to extract a single field of data from the last line of data on a website to populate an RRD database. I'm running Linux. The website is: ...
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display whole stream while highlighting with grep

I often use tail -f | grep someregex on log files. I have grep liased to grep ---color=auto so my matches are highlighted. If I want to see my matches in the context of the whole stream, how would I ...
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Running `tail -F $file` then removing outputted lines

Long story short; I'm running this command to stream a forever growing audio file audio.mpg into ffmpeg tail -F audio.mp3 | ffmpeg -i - http://127.0.0.1:8090/feed1.ffm audio.mp3 is being SSH'd from ...
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Filter tail command through multiple grep commands to separate files

What I am trying to do is filter the output of one log file into separated log files based on a grep filter. tail -f test.log | tee >(grep "Error" > error.log) >(grep "Warning"" > warning.log) ...
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How to easily break up a text file into pieces smaller than a threshold?

I have some text files that are 100 to 300 MB in length that I want to view in Emacs, but my Emacs gets into some performance issues opening and traversing such large files. Therefore, I'm looking ...
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Is there root-tail like utility to display static text on Xorg root window?

Basically, I am looking for cat equivalent of root-tail. Instead of tailing a file, I just need to output a text (or output of a command) into the root (bakcground) of X.
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Installing Multitail on RHEL 5.3

I'm trying to install Multitail on a RHEL 5.3 machine, but get the following error as the root user. Should this be accessible from one of the default RPM repositories or do I need to add a new ...
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Coloured output when tailing php error log

I'm trying to find a way (through escape characters or software) to display coloured lines in my php error log. Right now I'm reading from them (live) with tail -n 50 -f /var/log/apache2/error.log ...
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Issues with Multitail 5.2.11 Install on RHEL5.3

I'm having some difficulty getting Multitail installed on a Linux box. Their site mentions that Multitail requires the ncurses library, but systems like *BSD and Linux have this library by default. ...
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Is there anyway to `cat` two remote `tail -f` streams via SSH?

I wanted to combine two continuous text streams generated by tail -f into one and watch them in the same screen. Is it possible? Both text streams are line-oriented (e.g. logs), if that helps. ...
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How to display/monitor the tail of a growing CSV file in tabular format?

I am looking for a way to display an open, "live" CSV file under Windows 7. For example, I have a proprietary program running that is generating log data in CSV format. I'd like to keep an eye on what ...
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quick tail on a huge file on linux

I need to get the last 10 million lines of a 100 million lines file. tail -n 10000000 $in_file>$out_file however the above command took more than 1 day and is still going. I guess I can use the ...
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Monitoring a file until a string is found

I am using tail -f to monitor a log file that is being actively written to. When a certain string is written to the log file, I want to quit the monitoring, and continue with the rest of my script. ...
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How quickly is the log file growing?

I use `tail -f logfile' to view the log in real time. I also need to know how many lines are appended to the logfile per second. Is there a command to do this?
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Linux application to tail multiple log files (like OS X Console.app)

I'm constantly tailing log files. At any given time I've got half a dozen terminal windows open that are simply running tail -f . In OS X, the Console app is brilliant. All the usual log files are ...
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How to monitor files matching a wildcard with multitail

I have a 'logs' directory full of log files whose names follow this format: XXX-YYYY-DATE-N.txt where N is a number that grows bigger as time goes on. So for example right now I have: ...
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Using 'head' or 'tail' on HUGE text file - 19 GB

I have a problem with viewing chunks of a very large text file. This file, approximately 19 GB, is obviously too big to view by any traditional means. I have tried head 1 and tail 1 (head -n 1 ...
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How to grab a random section in the middle of a huge file?

I have a huge log file of around 3.5 GB and would like to sample random sections in the middle of say 10 MB for the purpose of debugging what my application is doing. I could use head or tail ...
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Realtime linux colored tail with filtering support for tomcat?

I am looking for a tail, gui or console based, that would be able to filter and color messages from tomcat based on their level: INFO, WARN, ERROR, CRITICAL. Another feature that is quite importat ...
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Tail for Powershell v3?

I'm running the following command in my powershell terminal: Get-Content C:\wamp\bin\apache\apache2.2.22\logs\lysol-dbau.access.log -Tail 10 -Wait So I want to start with the last 10 lines of the ...
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Opposite of tail: all lines except the last n lines

How can I discard the last n lines of a file with a unix command line filter? That would be sort of the opposite of tail: tail discards the first n lines but pipes the rest through, but I want the ...
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Delete first lines from a Unicode html file

I have an HTML file that is in UTF-8 format and I want to remove the first five lines from it. I've tried using sed but it doesn't work in this case: sed "1,5d" Result.html>small2 It actually ...
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What's the best way to view lines X through Y of a large file?

I have a very large text file and I want to view, say, lines 2000 through 2010 (with the line numbers included) I know one sort of roundabout way of getting there: sc -l [file] cat -n [file] | tail ...
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tail -f updates slowly

I'm not sure why, but on my Macbook Pro running lion I get slow updates when I issue "tail -f" on a log file that is being written to. I used to use this command all the time at my last company but ...
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Is there a command-line tool that can read from a file and write the file's contents to stdout, blocking on EOF?

Is there anything like tail –f that also works well with binary files and supports exit conditions like "on pid X death" or so?
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Windows XP equivalent of “tail -f”?

Is there way have windows XP show me updates to a log file as they happen? I'm thinking of something similar to tail -f <file path> in the linux realm.
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Tail -f on files that don't exist yet

I have a program that for each run generates a new log file. To watch what's going on, I'd like to tail -f the log - only problem is that I don't actually know the file name in advance. So, is there ...
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Issues ending script with tail -f

I use the following script to restart a Java server running on a Solaris Sun 5.10 box... pkill -9 java nohup ./start_java.sh & tail -f smx.log I SSH to the box (using Putty) to run the ...
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tail -f not tracking file changes

I was recently looking into using tail -f to monitor some text files like so: tail -f /var/sometext However, when I did some testing, it doesn't seem to work. What I did was I created a new file and ...
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make tail wait for a file to exist

tail -f bar/somefile.log would fail immediately when somefile.log does not exist. How do I make tail indefinitely wait for that file to be created (which will happen in a few moments)? Update: using ...
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Can't scroll tail up or down on server

Possibly related to Tail keeps snapping to the bottom after i scroll up with mousewheel I can view my regular log files (on my local machine I mean) with tail -f and can scroll up or down. However, ...
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Tail the filename, not the file

In UNIX (OS X BSD to be precise), I have a "tail -f" command on a log file. From time to time I want to delete this log file so I can more easily review it in my text editor. I delete the file, and ...
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Start a few programs in a split terminal

I want to start a few programs with a single launch script and monitor their outputs to the console. The easiest way would be to launch in background an xterm for each program, but that's not very ...
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How to exit text files/logs when viewing them in Putty

I'm new to putty. Connected to a linux server to view/read some files. So, I opened a text log file that is constantly being updated, so I'm getting new lines every second. Is there a ...
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pipes & tail -f in linux

Is it possible to execute cat logfile | tail -f? For some reason it just reads the initial log, but then it doesn't update incoming entries. I know I can directly do tail -f logfile. I just wanted ...
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Is there a tail -f equivalent for ls?

Basically the question is in the title. I want to monitor a directory for new files that are written or deleted, the way I can monitor a log file with tail -f. Is this possible?
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Show starting with a special line until a special line regex for Linux tail command

I use that notation at my log files: [something-something] somethings are necessary and variable length characters and numbers. My special log file includes line that has characters explained above. ...