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  • tail -f log file for Windows

    Can someone recommend a good tail utility for tailing ASCII files like the UNIX tail function. I found Tail for Win32, but it doesn't work right - at least the version I have.

    Thanks,

    Robert
    HS3PRO 3.0.0.500 as a Fire Daemon service, Windows 2016 Server Std Intel Core i5 PC HTPC Slim SFF 4GB, 120GB SSD drive, WLG800, RFXCom, TI103,NetCam, UltraNetcam3, BLBackup, CurrentCost 3P Rain8Net, MCsSprinker, HSTouch, Ademco Security plugin/AD2USB, JowiHue, various Oregon Scientific temp/humidity sensors, Z-Net, Zsmoke, Aeron Labs micro switches, Amazon Echo Dots, WS+, WD+ ... on and on.

  • #2
    I spend more time on unix than windows and I am not a big fan of putty. Therefore I use the free edition of MobaXterm from mobaxterm.mobatek.net . I comes with a fairly complete set of unix tools including a openssh ssh client and tail.

    tail --help
    BusyBox v1.22.1 (2014-09-26 07:33:17 CEST) multi-call binary.

    Usage: tail [OPTIONS] [FILE]...

    Print last 10 lines of each FILE (or stdin) to stdout.
    With more than one FILE, precede each with a filename header.

    -f Print data as file grows
    -s SECONDS Wait SECONDS between reads with -f
    -n N[kbm] Print last N lines
    -n +N[kbm] Start on Nth line and print the rest
    -c [+]N[kbm] Print last N bytes
    -q Never print headers
    -v Always print headers

    N may be suffixed by k (x1024), b (x512), or m (x1024^2).

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    • #3
      I've recently started to use Git Bash which supports some basic Linux commands including tail. This is probably the most lightweight option.

      "BASH emulation used to run Git from the command line. *NIX users should feel right at home, as the BASH emulation behaves just like the "git" command in LINUX and UNIX environments."

      You can now also get Ubuntu on Windows 10 and another option is Cygwin.

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      • #4
        Thank you very much. I went with MobaXterm since the download was attainable from work - it's a work development requirement.

        Robert
        HS3PRO 3.0.0.500 as a Fire Daemon service, Windows 2016 Server Std Intel Core i5 PC HTPC Slim SFF 4GB, 120GB SSD drive, WLG800, RFXCom, TI103,NetCam, UltraNetcam3, BLBackup, CurrentCost 3P Rain8Net, MCsSprinker, HSTouch, Ademco Security plugin/AD2USB, JowiHue, various Oregon Scientific temp/humidity sensors, Z-Net, Zsmoke, Aeron Labs micro switches, Amazon Echo Dots, WS+, WD+ ... on and on.

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        • #5
          Baretail is also a very good Windows tail app.
          https://www.baremetalsoft.com/baretail/
          -Rupp
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