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Tailbeep opens a file (-f), seeks to the end, and watches for a string (-s). If the string is found, a beep is sent to the specified tty (-t) device. You can also daemonize (-d) it. It was written to watch /var/log/messages for the DENY string (to catch anyone trying to break into a firewall), but you can use it to watch any open file that gets appended to. You can also create a log if you like, so you can record the events, in long or short mode. Tailbeep requires write access to one of the tty devices on the console.

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Recent releases

  •  26 Apr 2010 00:21

    Release Notes: This release fixes compilation issues. It removes -m486 from the Makefile.

    •  02 Nov 2009 23:11

      Release Notes: This release adds festival support.

      •  27 Oct 1999 22:14

        Release Notes: Added -F (frequency) and -M (milliseconds) option, added -x "command" option, cleaned up the help screen, and you can use -p and -P at the same time now if you want both the entire line and a predefined message.

        •  26 Oct 1999 17:31

          Release Notes: The ability to specify a message to speak instead of the line in the watched file (using -p), the old -p has been moved to -P to speak the line in the file, and the -V (version) and -S (sleep time) options have been added.

          •  22 Oct 1999 21:06

            Release Notes: Speech, a debug option, and an install option in the Makefile.


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