I'm not experienced unix user so terminology may be not correct.

Suppose I have a remote unix hosting which I'm connecting to from windows by ssh with putty.

So I have terminal window with access to some dirs on the server hoster granted access to. There is log file which content I can see with cat command.

My purpose is to get its content in real-time printed into console as soon as webapp (tomcat) writes to the file. Is this possible concerning limited access rights?


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If you can cat the file, then your (read) access rights shouldn't be a limitation - in which case you should be able to use tail -f (or tail -F) to monitor the file for appended content.

This application of the tail utility is described quite well in the Wikipedia article: see File monitoring

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