SYNOPSISinotail [OPTION]... [FILE]...
DESCRIPTIONinotail is a replacement for the 'tail' program found in the base installation of every Linux/UNIX system. It makes use of the inotify infrastructure in recent versions of the Linux kernel to speed up tailing files in the follow mode (the '-f' option). Standard tail polls the file every second by default while inotail listens to special events sent by the kernel through the inotify API to determine whether a file needs to be reread. Note: inotail will not work on systems running a kernel without inotify. To enable inotify, please set CONFIG_INOTIFY=y in your Linux kernel configuration and recompile it.
Currently inotail is not fully compatible to neither POSIX or GNU tail but might be in the future.
- -c N, --bytes=N
- output the last N bytes. If the first character of N is a '+', begin printing with the Nth character from the start of each file.
- -f, --follow
- keep the file(s) open and print appended data as the file grows
- -n N, --lines=N
- output the last N lines (default: 10) If the first character of N is a '+', begin printing with the Nth line from the start of each file.
- -v, --verbose
- print headers with file names
- -h, --help
- show help and exit
- -V, --version
- show inotail version and exit
Written by Tobias Klauser <[email protected]>