Section: Linux Programmer's Manual (1)
Updated: 11 Jan 1996Index
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Copyright 1996 Rickard E. Faith (mailto:email@example.com
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tailf - follow the growth of a log file
will print out the last 10 lines of a file and then wait for the file to
grow. It is similar to
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.
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
An option could be provided to print out the last
lines instead of the last 10.
This program was written by Rik Faith (firstname.lastname@example.org
) and may be freely
distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License. There is
ABSOLUTELY NO WARANTY for this program.
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