TAILF linux command manual

TAILF(1)                Linux Programmer's Manual                  TAILF(1)

       tailf - follow the growth of a log file

       tailf file

       tailf will print out the last 10 lines of a file and then wait for the
       file to grow.  It is similar to tail -f but does not access  the  file
       when  it is not growing.  This has the side effect of not updating the
       access time for the file, so a filesystem flush does not occur period-
       ically when no log activity is happening.

       tailf  is  extremely  useful for monitoring log files on a laptop when
       logging is infrequent and the user desires that  the  hard  disk  spin
       down to conserve battery life.

       An  option  could be provided to print out the last n lines instead of
       the last 10.

       This program was written by  Rik  Faith  (faith@acm.org)  and  may  be
       freely  distributed  under the terms of the X11/MIT License.  There is
       ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY for this program.

       tail(1), less(1)

                               13 February 2003                      TAILF(1)