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Old 09-26-2016, 02:11 AM   #1
bremenpl
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Observe a file


Hello there,
Is there an easy way in linux to observe a text file, and print in console the new content each time the file is appended? I would appreciate all help.
 
Old 09-26-2016, 03:25 AM   #2
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I would look at using 'inotifywait'. Search for a guide that suits you.
 
Old 09-26-2016, 03:38 AM   #3
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probably you can try the command tail.
 
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Old 09-26-2016, 05:24 AM   #4
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tail is what you want:
Code:
tail -f filename
or

Code:
tail -F filename
from the man page:

Code:
       -f, --follow[={name|descriptor}]
              output appended data as the file grows;
              an absent option argument means 'descriptor'

       -F     same as --follow=name --retry
       --retry
              keep trying to open a file if it is inaccessible
 
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