"Tailing" grep (Was: cat and grep without destroying file)

Michael R. Head burner at suppressingfire.org
Sun Sep 30 22:18:46 UTC 2007

On Sun, 2007-09-30 at 17:04 -0500, Brian Fahrlander wrote:
> While we've got the attention of the most-able on this subject, I'd 
> like to reopen a discussion about a very similar tool: a 'grep' that 
> happens on tailing a file.  There have been dozens of times that I'm 
> looking for a message number in /var/log/mail.log and would love to see 
> only the lines mentioning that message.
>      A couple of years ago I asked and got a "maybe you could write 
> something", but I actually never could.  It's not as easy as it looks.
>      Any chance you guys have seen this done?

You can use the "watch" program to effectively achieve this

watch "grep kernel /var/log/syslog | tail -n 20"

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