Tailing Log Files

A very useful debugging technique is to tail live log files. Unix provides a command line application to do this - called tail.

To tail a log file you'll need software that routinely checks changes to a log file and displays them to you.

If you're on a Linux/Unix system, then you can simply use the tail command line application. If you want a Windows equivalent, try out tail.exe in UnxUtils

The following are free, portable GUI tail programs for watching log files.

You can use these programs to monitor such things as:

  • Trace files
  • Application server log files
  • Process scheduler log files

Next time you're doing a trace or watching a log file, use something like BareTail to get better context about what is actually hapenning and being logged.

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