Projects / inotail


inotail is a replacement for the 'tail' program found in the base installation of every Linux/Unix system. It makes use of the inotify infrastructure in recent versions of the Linux kernel to speed up tailing files in the follow mode (the '-f' option). Standard tail polls the file every second by default, while inotail listens to special events sent by the kernel through the inotify API to determine whether a file needs to be reread.

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Recent releases

  •  07 Sep 2007 12:47

    Release Notes: inotail now outputs verbose file headers correctly when used in a pipe.

    •  20 Jun 2007 14:43

      Release Notes: Buffers for filesystem I/O are allocated dynamically to use the optimal size reported by the underlying filesystem. Correct handling of interrupting signals has been added.

      •  18 Apr 2007 13:35

        Release Notes: This version fixes some minor bugs and adds support for following files which are moved while they are being watched.

        •  04 Dec 2006 22:11

          Release Notes: Support for the '-n/-c +<num>' options (tail relative to start of file) has been added. Cleanup regarding copyright and license issues was done across the tree. This release also contains various minor fixes regarding performance and error handling.


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