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Old 11-07-2011
tail command help

Hi does anyone know how to create a file using the tail command? My book has this file I need to create and it says to use the tail command and that it is possible but I have no idea. Thanks.
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Old 11-07-2011
Maybe:
Code:
tail -n 10000 infile > outputFile
# Or
tail -f infile | tee outputFile

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Old 11-07-2011
tail command

ok but where do i type the contents of the file? sorry i am a newbie to this.

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So do I need to create the file using cat and save it. Then use the tail command to display it to the output file? I cant find anyway to actually create and edit the file using the tail command right?
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Old 11-07-2011
tail is not used for creating files... So, NO you can't use tail for creating files at least not in an ethical way!...

man tail
tail - output the last part of files

--ahamed
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Old 11-07-2011
Quote:
Originally Posted by drew211
So do I need to create the file using cat and save it. Then use the tail command to display it to the output file? I cant find anyway to actually create and edit the file using the tail command right?

You can create the file with tail:
Code:
tail > FILENAME

Start typing and press ctrl-D when you are finished. The last ten lines you entered (or all if you typed less than ten) will be in FILENAME.
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