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

NAME
       tailf - follow the growth of a log file

SYNOPSIS
       tailf [OPTION] file

DESCRIPTION
       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 periodically 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.

AUTHOR
       This  program  was  originally written by Rik Faith (faith@acm.org) and may be freely dis-
       tributed 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 (kzak@redhat.com).

SEE ALSO
       tail(1), less(1)

AVAILABILITY
       The  tailf  command is part of the util-linux package and is available from ftp://ftp.ker-
       nel.org/pub/linux/utils/util-linux/.

					 13 February 2003				 TAILF(1)
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