In case there's a better solution to the problem, my goal is to be able to quickly analyze ALL recent apache activity in /usr/local/apache/domlogs. The usefulness of this is when the server load is going through the roof I want to quickly see which website(s) are getting hammered (and what URLs) without having to individually grep/awk everything in domlogs.

For example, I know I can get a list of the very recently active apache access domlogs using this command within the domlogs directory:

find -regex '.*\.\(com\|org\|net\|biz\|info\)' -mmin -1

Now what I'd like to do is concatenate the tail 1000 lines of each of those files into a new file so I can quickly analyze it and see where all the traffic is coming from.

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You can use -exec option:

find -regex '.*.(com\|org\|net\|biz\|info)' -mmin -1 \
    -exec tail -n 1000 "{}" >> logs.txt +

Now all last 1000 lines of each files in domlogs is written to file logs.txt, separated by filename.

-exec command {} + tells find to run command with files found, the command line is built by appending each filename at the end. This option works line combination of find pipe to xargs.

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  • Superb, works great. Is there any way to suppress the headers that are automatically inserted into logs.txt, e.g. ==> ./mydomainname.com <== Commented Jul 28, 2014 at 21:20
  • @CantonBecker: I think no way, maybe you have to do it yourself.
    – cuonglm
    Commented Jul 29, 2014 at 1:37

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