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Old 02-06-2009, 08:24 AM   #1
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Question "cat" only the last line. how?


I want to check a log into terminal, the logger writes a temperature_log in /var/log . How can I <<cat>> only the last line of the log, so I can append it to the output?
Here is the bad code:
Code:
 #! /bin/bash

cd /var/log
x=0
until [ x = 1 ]; do
echo "`cat temperature_log`" #Thats the bad section
sleep 5
done
echo "Error!"
I wanted to do sommething like this:
Code:
echo "`cat_last_line temperature_log`"
But unfortunately , "cat_last_line" is yet to be invented,
any suggestions?
Edit: the logger updates the log every 5 seconds , thats the "sleep 5" for.

Last edited by andrew22; 02-06-2009 at 08:25 AM. Reason: Some additions.
 
Old 02-06-2009, 08:27 AM   #2
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tail -1 temperature_log
 
Old 02-06-2009, 08:29 AM   #3
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use: tail -n XX file
 
Old 02-06-2009, 08:39 AM   #4
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5 minutes and 2 answers , thanks a lot.
Thats the new script:
Code:
#! /bin/bash

cd /var/log
x=0
tail -100 temperature_log #Makes it more flexible and fast than "cat"
until [ x = 1 ]; do
tail -1 temperature_log #Thats the whole deal!!!
sleep 5
done
echo "Error"

Last edited by andrew22; 02-06-2009 at 08:49 AM. Reason: Added the new script
 
Old 02-06-2009, 08:41 AM   #5
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slow night at work!
 
Old 02-06-2009, 03:08 PM   #6
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I think this script might equivalent to
Code:
 tail -f /var/log/temperature_log
Code:
~$ man tail
...
       -f, --follow[={name|descriptor}]
              output appended data as the file grows;

Last edited by ntubski; 02-06-2009 at 03:08 PM. Reason: can't spell temperature
 
Old 02-06-2009, 03:58 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by ntubski View Post
I think this script might equivalent to
Code:
 tail -f /var/log/temperature_log
Code:
~$ man tail
...
       -f, --follow[={name|descriptor}]
              output appended data as the file grows;
Not if andrew wants to check the log file every 5 seconds... The -f will not release the script until the user hits ctrl-c. "tail -1" simply outputs the last line of the file and quits so the rest of the script can do it's thing, including "sleep".
 
Old 02-07-2009, 06:00 AM   #8
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In that case - you might want to do tail -f 1 "file_name" & instead

Last edited by shyamkumar1986; 02-09-2009 at 08:38 AM.
 
Old 02-08-2009, 05:56 PM   #9
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Re post #4
Code:
until [ x = 1 ]; do
tail -1 temperature_log #Thats the whole deal!!!
sleep 5
done
is an infinite loop, so it does look like 'tail -f ...'
 
Old 02-08-2009, 06:14 PM   #10
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Doesn't keep the file open ...
 
  


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