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Multi Tail – Multi Tail!

Filed under: General Linux,Linux Software — TheLinuxBlog.com at 6:28 pm on Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Multitail Gnome Terminal

A few weeks ago a new version of RSSTail came out. After reading the RSSTail page I found out that you can use RSSTail as a plugin to a fantastic application called multitaill. That is when I realized that multitail is actually written by the same person.

If you rely on tail, or have ever used tail you’ll probably enjoy this one. As the name implies it is a pager like tail except that it supports for more than one stream. Now, I know some of you have probably used some wizardry do get your favorite pager to show multiple streams, either in the same output or by using screen / splitvt but multitail really simplifies the process. It has all kinds of settings (such as color) and allows you to manage your tail’d files on the fly and even save the current view for later use. It does have a little bit of a learning curve but I think it is well worth it, especially if one of your hobbies includes log watching.

To Script, or not To Script

Filed under: Shell Script Sundays — TheLinuxBlog.com at 3:23 pm on Sunday, December 21, 2008

I hate doing manual repetitive labor. There is something about it that just bores me to death. Perhaps this is why I like shell scripting so much. To me it is one of the most useful things about the terminal. All the time I’m working I’m thinking about automation.

“Can this be automated?”
“Can I improve this process?”

Most of the time tasks can be automated in some fashion, and a simple shell script can be written. Its very useful. One of the problems about being able to shell script is the self discipline to say, no I’ll do this by hand. The reason being is that a lot of the time the learning curve and potential problems of automating a process are costly upfront, therefore taking you more time in the long run. So, next time you think about using shell scripting for automation ask yourself if it is really worth it. Depending on your workload, perhaps on the third of fourth time round it will be worth considering it. If you’re not busy and are up for a challenge, by all means knock yourself out!