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XTAIL(1L)							     XTAIL(1L)

NAME
       xtail - Watch the growth	of files.

SYNTAX
       xtail entry ...

DESCRIPTION
       Xtail  monitors	one  or	more files, and	displays all data written to a
       file since command invocation.  It is very useful for monitoring	multi-
       ple logfiles simultaneously.

       If an entry given on the	command	line is	a directory, all files in that
       directory will be monitored, including those created  after  the	 xtail
       invocation.  If an entry	given on the command line doesn't exist, xtail
       will watch for it and monitor it	once created.  When switching files in
       the display, a banner showing the pathname of the file is printed.

       An  interrupt  character	(usually CTRL/C	or DEL)	will display a list of
       the most	recently modified files	being watched.	 Send  a  quit	signal
       (usually	CTRL/backslash)	to stop	xtail.

SEE ALSO
       tail(1)

NOTES
       Xtail may be easily confused.  For example, if a	file is	renamed, xtail
       may or may not continue to monitor it.  If you ask it to	monitor	a file
       multiple	 times,	 it  probably will.  If	you misspell a filename, xtail
       will treat it as	a nonexistent entry and	happily	wait for its creation.

       My favorite use is "xtail /usr/spool/uucp/.Log/*".

AUTHOR
       Chip Rosenthal <chip@unicom.com>

								     XTAIL(1L)

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