What's a good linux command line utility for watching a log file live? It's probably obvious but I totally forgot it.
tailf command is functionally equivalent to
tail -f but better in terms of performance. From
tailf will print out the last 10 lines of a file and then wait for the file to grow. It is similar to tail -f but does not access the file when it is not growing. This has the side effect of not updating the access time for the file, so a filesystem flush does not occur periodically when no log activity is happening. tailf is extremely useful for monitoring log files on a laptop when logging is infrequent and the user desires that the hard disk spin down to conserve battery life.