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TAIL(1) 										  TAIL(1)

       tail - deliver the last part of a file

       tail _number[___] [ file ]

       Tail  copies the named file to the standard output beginning at a designated place.  If no
       file is named, the standard input is used.

       Copying begins at distance +number from the beginning, or -number  from	the  end  of  the
       input.	Number	is  counted  in  units	of  lines, blocks or characters, according to the
       appended option l, b or c.  When no units are specified, counting is by lines.


       Tails relative to the end of the file are treasured up in a buffer, and thus  are  limited
       in length.  Various kinds of anomalous behavior may happen with character special files.

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