Unix command to view the end of a file

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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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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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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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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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Combine tail -f with grep?

Hi I wanna keep looking at a log file, but I also don't wanna see irrelevant stuff, I'm only interested in anything with "foobar" in it. So if I was tailing the file I would do tail file | grep ...
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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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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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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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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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Equivalent of 'clear' command when using tail -f

I am using the tail -f command to follow an error log, and I often want to "clear" the terminal, much in the same way that the clear unix command moves everything above the top of the window. Is there ...
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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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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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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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Tail multiple files while piping one of the files through grep

I want to use tail follow two log files, but one of the log files has too much data, so I want it filtered with grep. tail -f file1 file2|grep mySearch The issue with this is that both files are ...
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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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multitail for Windows cmd/powershell?

Is there a program like multitail but for Windows cmd.exe or powershell (not GUI)?
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Tailing multiple files with less

I want to have the best of both worlds with tail and less. Following multiple files, like tail can, but also having the scrollable buffer of less. So, I tried: tail -f mylog1 mylog2 | less +F But ...
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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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Monitoring log files over smb

I am monitoring a couple of windows 2k3 servers from a mac running Os x Lion. I use smb to connect to the server's file system, navigate to the folder where the log files are and open them with ...
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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 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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appending timestamp to tail -f results

I would like to have a timestamp printed in front of every line that comes out of a "tail -f outputfile", so that I know when is each line printed in. Something like: [...] 20110617_070222:results ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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running tail -f on a server which connects to another server over ssh

I have been using the following command to connect to a server, which connects to another server and runs tail -f on it: ssh server1.com ssh server2.com tail -f file.log This so far works fine. ...
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Tail keeps snapping to the bottom after i scroll up with mousewheel

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 ...
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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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GUI for tail for Linux

Could someone recommend a graphical tail kind of document viewer? So that I could open a document, scroll up and down, etc. and that the document would refresh itself automatically (without prompting, ...
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tail -f is not updating on AFP mounted share

I am running Mac OS 10.6.8 I have mounted a network drive, whose file I need to watch. I was planning on using tail. When I run the following: tail -f /Volumes/Cache-A/TransferLog.txt I end up ...
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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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How can I tail a file and capture the output for one minute?

I am tailing a log file. How can I capture the output for one minute?
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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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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 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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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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How to pipe output of tail -F on OS X?

I've recently moved from Ubuntu to OS X and I'm finding that the 'tail' command behaves differently. On Ubuntu I could run tail -f xyzzy.log | espeak (To have the computer read me what's happening ...
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Unix “tail” that clears screen on truncation?

Using tail -F to follow a file that might not exist yet, and it works across truncations, as follows: tail: cannot open `mylog.log' for reading: No such file or directory tail: `mylog.log' has ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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^L while tail -f is running

I frequently use tail to monitor errors: tail -f /var/log/apache2/error_log I can use the shortcut cmd+K to clear the screen (OSX), but I've grown accustomed to using ^L in other linuxy situations. ...