Watching updates at the end of a file, with or without the tail utility

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How to monitor only the last n lines of a log file?

I have a growing log file for which I want to display only the last 15 lines. Here is what I know I can do: tail -n 15 -F mylogfile.txt As the log file is filled, tail appends the last lines to the ...
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Moving average on a log file with awk or other unix utilities?

Scenario: I have a log file that has a few number of entry "classes", like this: R0 dx=0.00500 rb=0.00000 sn=1 3145.88 2.59 0.08 se=21315 id=16190 R0 dx=0.00300 rb=-1.00000 sn=1 3150.40 2.38 0.05 ...
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How to make dot matrix printer print every line of 'tail -f'

I have a dot matrix printer, an Epson LQ-500. It works well with CUPS, and I use it to print listings sometimes, text files, etc. now, I'd like to use it as a logging printer. for that, I need it to ...
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Follow a pipe using less?

Can less follow (by pressing F) a piped input (similarly to a file)? For a file that is being written to, the command less <file> will follow the file when pressing F. But if I have a ...
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Output the changes to a log file

If I use tail -f *filename* I get a real nice display of whatever is changing in a given file. However, sometimes I want to be able to search this text or otherwise look it over slowly. Is ...
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Is there a way to beep when tail -F stops to fetch new results?

A few days ago I asked Is there a way to make tail -F beep? Now I want to know if there is any way to use *nix utilities, to beep when a tail -F stops returning new lines for a while! I know, I ...
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How to execute this particular shell command from Python?

OK, so, I have this non-functional shell script, which I am rewriting piece by piece in python, except I am getting an "unexpected "|" error" from the shell (see below): #/bin/sh LINES=`cat $@ | wc ...
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How to follow (a la “tail -f”) a binary file from the beginning?

Is it possible to follow a binary file from the beginning, a la tail -f? This is useful in some cases, for example if I'm scping a file to a remote server, and at the same time I want to feed it to ...
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Is there a way to make tail -F beep?

Is there a way to make tail -F or less beep (ring the bell in a terminal) when new data comes in (a new line is added to the file). Or is there any other unix utility to do this on a linux or mac.
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Can I use tail with a file both as input and destination?

I have a log file that gets big fast. I tried using tail with this syntax but it didn't work. tail logfile.log -n 100000 > logfile.log The output file is 0 bytes and blank. What am I doing ...
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How to limit the number of lines a command's output has available in bash?

I started downloading a big file in the background using $ nohup wget http://example.tld/big.iso & which also gives me a nohup.out file that includes the output of wget. Now, if I later want ...
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How to do a `tail -f` of log rotated files?

On a long running system I usually have a terminal with $ tail -f /var/log/kern.log or something like this open. But from time to time I have to restart such command because no new messages are ...
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Pretty tail -f for log files [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to have tail -f show colored output Is there a bash/awk script or utility that pretty formats and colors tail -f from log files? At the moment I am specifically ...
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Is it fine to use tail -f on large log files

I would like monitor a large log file (close to 1 GB) for errors. I want this to be close to real time (few seconds delay is fine). My plan is to use tail -f | grep. Is there any performance issues ...
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How to obtain inverse behavior for `tail` and `head`?

Is there a way to head/tail a document and get the reverse output; because you don't know how many lines there are in a document? I.e. I just want to get everything but the first 2 lines of foo.txt ...
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How does the “tail” command's “-f” parameter work?

$ tail -f testfile the command is supposed to show the latest entries in the specified file, in real-time right? But that's not happening. Please correct me, if what I intend it to do is wrong... I ...
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Add carriage return to output of `tail` while using `grep`

I'm looking to refactor the following command: tail -f production.log | grep -e "Processing " -e "compatible;" -e "Completed in " -e This is the output of the command: Processing ...
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Is it possible to follow a command (run repeatedly)? as one would follow a file using tail -f?

I have a script which produces a file 'Detail.out'. I know that the script is completed whenever the file contains a certain number of lines (roughly 21025). So I find myself sitting at the command ...
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What's a convenient way of checking what's being added to a log file in realtime?

Right now I'm essentially executing tail /var/log/syslog manually every once in a while. Is there something that lets me see what's being added continuously, or do I need to write something myself?
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Best way to follow a log and execute a command when some text appears in the log

I have a server log that outputs a specific line of text into its log file when the server is up. I want to execute a command once the server is up, and hence do something like the following: tail -f ...
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Reading from a continuously changing logfile [duplicate]

There is /location/of/thefile, which is a continuously changing logfile. The average density of refreshes is 4 per minute, the possible maximal refresh rate could be 30-40 per minute. Every refresh ...
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Is it possible to “roll” a symlink to a new file without affecting any open file handles?

An application I am developing locally logs it's output to files formatted with the current timestamp such as app-%Y%m%d.log. To make it simple to be able to tail the current's day log in a terminal ...
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How to have tail -f show colored output

I'd like to be able to tail the output of a server log file that has messages like: INFO SEVERE etc, and if it's SEVERE, show the line in red; if it's INFO, in green. What kind of alias can I ...
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How do I make a shell script that sends output to a process

I'm currently running a server console program in a screen because I need to both read it and occasionally send commands. I'd like to run the app as a deamon in the background (start/stop it with ...
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grep and tail -f?

Is it possible to do a tail -f (or similar) on a file, and grep it at the same time? I wouldn't mind other commands just looking for that kind of behavior.