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Windows 7: A tail like utility

01 Jul 2009   #1
digitalrurouni

Windows 7 x64 Pro
 
 
A tail like utility

I am sure anyone who has worked with linux/unix etc will know what I am talking about but I was wondering if there was some similar utility out there available to use deprived windows users.


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03 Jul 2009   #2
banners

Win7 x64 7127
 
 

try this. worked on vista.... not tried on 7

Tail for Win32 - Home Page
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19 Jan 2010   #3
EvilMonkey

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits, Ubuntu 9.10 64-bits
 
 

Hey guys. I was just wondering if anyone had found a working tail-like utility.

I tried "Tail for Win32" this morning without any success. It runs fine but it fails to "tail" opened files. In the end, it's just like having a static text file viewer.

I'm at work right now with Windows 7 Professional 64-bits. I have a Ubuntu dual-boot and really miss tools like tail when I work with W7.

Thanks in advance for any clue you may have.
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19 Jan 2010   #4
TimStitt

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Hi EvilMonkey,

Try BareTail - Free tail for Windows.

- Tim
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19 Jan 2010   #5
EvilMonkey

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits, Ubuntu 9.10 64-bits
 
 

Thanks a lot. Although it's not free, it works great. If I can't find any free tool, I might ask my boss to buy this one.
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19 Jan 2010   #6
CoolioG

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

What exactly does a "tail" do? PCs grow tails now?
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19 Jan 2010   #7
TimStitt

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by EvilMonkey View Post
Thanks a lot. Although it's not free, it works great. If I can't find any free tool, I might ask my boss to buy this one.
@EvilMonkey
See if the free version (it has an annoying start up screen) does what you want http://www.baremetalsoft.com/baretail/download.php?p=m

@CoolioG
The features change a bit but basically they read only part of many documents (such as the end/tail) and push that out in a GUI that views many documents at once. It's helpful if you have many documents from different sources across your network 9even on different OS') e.g. firewall logs, custom application logs, log-in scripts, boot logs, word documents, windows error logs, etc

The better releases will enable you to read the tails in real time and highlight particular areas of inerest to make them easier to find.

Hope this helps
- Tim
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19 Jan 2010   #8
CoolioG

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Oh, sounds like something I don't need. lol.
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20 Jan 2010   #9
EvilMonkey

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits, Ubuntu 9.10 64-bits
 
 

@TimStitt
I gave it a try and it works fine. The only "really" annoying thing it does is closing after 5 minutes. Hehe. But that is still better than nothing

@CoolioG
I use tail only to follow real-time Apache error logs. In Linux, you can use the -f (for follow) option to achieve this. You simply open a command line console and type:

tail -f [path_to_your_file]

and you see new lines appear as they are added in that file by any other process. It's really useful in the case of an error log as you can see errors "pop" as they happen on your server (or any other application that writes stuff in an error log).
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