[Gllug] shell-fu to monitor multiple log files simultaneously?

Dagfinn Ilmari Mannsåker ilmari at ilmari.org
Tue Apr 13 13:57:29 UTC 2010

Thomi Richards <thomir at gmail.com> writes:

> Hi,
> I'm logging in remotely to a Linux server, on which I would like to
> monitor three separate log files. Currently I open three separate
> shells on my machine, SSH into the target machine three times, and
> then do a "tail -f", and finally arrange the three shells so i can see
> everything at once. What I'm after is a command that lets me achieve
> the same thing - monitor multiple log files with tail, but have them
> arranges in columns / rows within a single terminal. Is this possible?
> Can anyone point me in the right direction?

Package: multitail
Description: view multiple logfiles windowed on console
 multitail lets you view one or multiple files like the original tail
 The difference is that this program creates multiple windows on your
 console (with ncurses). It can also use colours while displaying the
 logfiles for faster recognising which lines are important and which are
 It is optimized for terminal-sessions through slow links.

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