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Old 09-10-2019
Shell script to tail a file with unknown numbers

I would like to write script to tail a file for different environment
But the number of lines are keep changing
How can I write a script
For example:
env could : A, B or C
and log files could be a.log, b.log and c.log
with the number of lines can change
say sometimes it 100 last lines or 400 last lines or full log files

How to accomplish this using a script

thanks in advance
# 2  
Old 09-10-2019
Are the files, like a.log, always 100 lines?
Have you tried anything yet, like using the wc command to find the number of lines in a file? Please show us so we can help.
# 3  
Old 09-11-2019
The ask to check number of files varies from time to time
and some time full logs are asked
so to put it in script in need to give an option with some 'read' syntax that it could get either 100000 or 200000 or full
so how to read that input which can vary
# 4  
Old 09-12-2019
Assuming GNU tail you can either list lines from the end (--lines=1234) or from the beginning (--lines=+1234) of the file. Thus listing the full file could be done with
tail --lines=+1 myfile

In your script you could have a variable nlines which could contain the value 100000, 200000 or +1 and could be used thus:
tail --lines=$nlines $logfile

The best way to get the values into your script would be to use getopts as in
while getopts lhf name
   case $name in
   l) nlines=100000 ;;
   h) nlines=200000 ;;
   f) nlines=+1 ;;
shift $(( OPTIND - 1))

The log files could be added to the end of the argument list or with more option switches using getopts (use the bash help facility for more info).

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Old 09-12-2019
is there a way to add an option for dynamic input
let's say I want to check for today's date or let's say I need to check for a word or let's say I need to check the number of lines
The thing is ask is dynamic so any input can be taken and applied to the search

# 6  
Old 09-12-2019
Originally Posted by encrypt_decrypt
is there a way to add an option for dynamic input
let's say I want to check for today's date or let's say I need to check for a word or let's say I need to check the number of lines
The thing is ask is dynamic so any input can be taken and applied to the search

Be more precise with your queries. Check for a word in what? If I give you a word what do you want to do with it? When you check for today's date, do you mean find the first line with that date and then list every line from there to the end? Are you trying to say that sometimes you want to list the last n lines of the file and sometimes you want to grep it for a particular word? Or are you saying you are asked for random things and want to be ready for every possibility, including those you haven't thought of yet?

# 7  
Old 09-12-2019
yes please , asked for random things

for example:
tail < filename> | tail -100
tail < filename> | tail -200
tail < filename> | tail -500
cat < filename>  ( full file )
cat < filename> | grep "sept 10 2019"
cat <filename> | grep encrypt

so the ask could be anything number of lines, full file, date search, name search, etc
so any thing random

thanks a ton in advance

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