xtail - Watches the growth of files or directories

Property Value
Distribution FreeBSD 12
Repository FreeBSD Ports Latest amd64
Package filename xtail-2.1.txz
Package name xtail
Package version 2.1
Package release -
Package architecture amd64
Package type txz
Category misc
Homepage http://www.unicom.com/sw/xtail/
License -
Maintainer gmarco@gufi.org
Download size 8.05 KB
Installed size 23.65 KB
"xtail" watches the growth of files.  It's like running a "tail -f"
on a bunch of files at once.
You can specify both filenames and directories on the command line.
If you specify a directory, it watches all the files in that
directory.  It will notice when new files are created (and start
watching them) or when old files are deleted (and stop watching
This program is an oldie but goodie.  It was posted to comp.sources.misc
in July 1989 (see ftp.uu.net:/usenet/comp.sources.misc/volume7/xtail.Z).
I remember posting an even earlier version to alt.sources.  It has
been published in the O'Reilly & Associates "Unix Power Tools"
collection (book and CD-ROM).  Over the years, some fly-by-night
organizations (such as the MIT X Consortium and SGI) have tried to
steal the "xtail" name.  Don't be fooled!  Insist on the original.
WWW: http://www.unicom.com/sw/xtail/


Package Version Architecture Repository
xtail-2.1.txz 2.1 i386 FreeBSD Ports Latest
xtail-2.1.txz 2.1 amd64 FreeBSD Ports Quarterly
xtail-2.1.txz 2.1 i386 FreeBSD Ports Quarterly
xtail - - -


Type URL
Mirror pkg.freebsd.org
Binary Package xtail-2.1.txz
Source Package misc/xtail

Install Howto

Install xtail txz package:

# pkg install xtail

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