Subject: Re: tail follow multiple files?
To: None <>
From: Sean Davis <>
List: tech-userlevel
Date: 07/02/2005 12:59:06
On Sat, Jul 02, 2005 at 08:53:12AM -0700, Ian Lance Taylor wrote:
> David Laight <> writes:
> > Since tail only processes a single file at a time, tail -f on multple
> > files just doesn't make sense.
> > If you want the merged output from many files just run multiple copies
> > of tail -f in the background....
> The GNU/Linux implementation of tail -f with multiple files (which I
> wrote many years ago) is more convenient, because it announces each
> time it switches to showing a new file.
> I often use it to tail a whole set of log files.

You can also do this with xtail, from pkgsrc. One of these days I'd like to
mod it to use kqueue, but I haven't had time.