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CentOS 7.0 - man page for tailf (centos section 1)

TAILF(1)							   User Commands							  TAILF(1)

tailf - follow the growth of a log file
tailf [OPTION] 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 peri- odically 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. Mandatory arguments to long options are mandatory for short options too. -n, --lines=N, -N output the last N lines, instead of the last 10. -V, --version Output version information and exit. -h, --help Display help and exit.
This program was originally written by Rik Faith ( and may be freely distributed under the terms of the X11/MIT License. There is ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY for this program. The latest inotify based implementation was written by Karel Zak (
tail(1), less(1)
The tailf command is part of the util-linux package and is available from util-linux February 2003 TAILF(1)
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