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Old 08-09-2005, 08:41 AM   #1
tyoungblood
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Tail Last Modified File in a Directory


How would one tail the last modified log file within a directory with a single command that does not change? 'ls -t1 | head -1 | tail -f' just gives me an error.

There are new log files being created for each job I have running. It would be nice to have a single command to tail the last log file without typing the tedious name every time.

Thanks,
Tim
 
Old 08-09-2005, 10:23 AM   #2
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Try:

tail -f $(ls -t1 | head -n 1)

Lyle
 
Old 08-09-2005, 10:33 AM   #3
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i didn't test it out but i think you meant 'back-tick' instead of 'single-quote':

`ls -t1 | head -1 | tail -f`

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Old 08-12-2005, 08:42 AM   #4
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Thanks! Y'all just made my life much easier.
 
  


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