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My Linux version is 2.6.32-47-server (gcc version 4.4.3 (Ubuntu 4.4.3-4ubuntu5.1) ) #109-Ubuntu SMP Tue May 7 02:17:05 UTC 2013

I am currently doing a tail -f file and life is good. But that only shows the last X lines. Is it possible for tail to first display the whole file and then behave like tail -f?

I tried tail -500 -f file but that gave me tail: option used in invalid context -- 1
In a sense, it would be like cat file; tail -f file; But showing only the lines that were not displayed since the cat

Is it possible?

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marked as duplicate by Stéphane Chazelas, slm May 13 at 17:44

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That's simply:

tail -fn+1 file
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Another solution is to use the follow feature in less.

less -f file

You can enter follow mode in less by pressing Shift+f. Ctrl+c exits follow mode at which point the less functionality is returned.

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