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Manual Reference Pages  -  MULTITAIL (1)

NAME

multitail - watch output sent to a file

CONTENTS

Synopsis
Description
Options
See Also
Notes
Restrictions

SYNOPSIS

multitail [ -E ] [ -e ] filename

DESCRIPTION

multitail opens the named file for reading, and outputs data appended to the file as it grows. If a new file is put in place of the original filename, the original file is closed and the file is reopened.

OPTIONS

-E Seek to the end of file before producing any output from the original file. This is the default.
-e Do not seek to the end of file before producing any output. This will cause the entire file to be output.

SEE ALSO

multilog, tail(1)

NOTES

This program is useful for watching output written to the current log file produced by multitail.

multitail is very similar to GNU tail. An equivalent command would be:

tail -n -0 --follow=name FILENAME

RESTRICTIONS

multitail can’t count lines or bytes from the beginning or end of the file. If you need these features, download and install GNU textutils.
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