follow works like `tail -f`, but it's stand-alone (without any other features). It uses inotify.
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README for follow


follow is a quite simple program using inotify for following a file, e.g. a logfile in which a server writes. It has the same effect like tail -f on a file, but it echoes the whole file before starting to follow, and it's very small.

It was originally written as "glue" between the file-oriented IRC client ii and a perl script so you could follow the chat in the perl script by opening a pipe like this:

open(CHAT,"follow out|");

By reading and writing raw bytes, it may be used with any encoding.

If you use follow on your console, simply stop it via CTRL-C (^C), like tail -f


$ make follow


# install follow /usr/local/bin