[SATLUG] Multitail via SSH

Othniel Graichen othniel at gmail.com
Fri Oct 29 12:35:45 CDT 2010

Guess what?

I looked at the man page for less and it already has an option to function
like tail -f


Learned something new.

Nice thing about using less is that you can scroll back up and view whats
scrolled off
the screen and search.  Cant do that with tail.

Seems you just need to make a
script to launch all the windows multitail would and use less instead of


On Fri, Oct 29, 2010 at 10:35 AM, David Salisbury <
david.salisbury at momentumweb.com> wrote:

>  On the duplicated line change field 1 to tom and field 7
>>  (the last one) to /usr/local/bin/mt
> OK, I was indeed wondering if it could work that way, and what would happen
> if you just quit the program (and that sounds like it would be that the
> session would close, which would be good).
> Additionally, though, and why I was initially thinking some sort of pipe
> scenario might be the solution, is what if I want to view the multitail
> output, but not in an initialized state?  Ie, when I start multitail with my
> custom 'mt' command that you mention, it would just start viewing all of the
> files it's set to monitor, but from that moment in time (I mean, you could
> write the script to look back 2 weeks or something I realize, but that could
> be a lot of extra work if one was monitoring lots of files with different
> formats).  What if I would like to view the output of a multitail session
> that's been running for, say, 3 weeks, so that I could see what's been
> happening also BEFORE I am connecting?  Do you see what I'm saying?  Does
> that make sense, am I explaining that well?
> David
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