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 something like this when using tail?

At the moment I just hit return a bunch of times which works okay, but gets rather annoying, especially when I have a tall window.

I am on mac os 10.6.8.

  • Can't you just go "View" > "Clear Scrollback" or press ⌘K?
    – micke
    Mar 30, 2012 at 20:07

2 Answers 2


View > Clear Scrollback or press +K

  • And Alt+F8 (right click, Reset) for Cygwin
    – Xenos
    Sep 14, 2019 at 16:56

There isn't. Tail is reading a file, not your input. You could get the source for tail and modify it to behave the way you want, but there's no built in way to do this.

  • You are right that there is not way tail can do this.
    – Hennes
    Nov 8, 2014 at 21:27

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