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Re-Tail version 1.0.x

What is it?

Re-Tail is a command line program which is intended as an intelligent incremental logfile reader. It will read a file or group of files given on the command line, and output any changes since last time it read the file(s) in question. It will attempt to compensate if the filesize changes unexpectedly, and will also attempt to compensate if the file contents changes as well. It is not a very complex program.


I expect this program to be useful in any situation where you wish to monitor changes to a file.


You can download retail by clicking one of the links below.

  • Downloads:
    • 1.0.x tree (current release)
      (NOTE: 1.0.1 fixes some build issues on non-Linux platforms - no other major changes from 1.0.0)

Download Statistics:

  • Number of current version downloads: 0


This program _should_ compile/run on almost anything resembling UNIX. It was written in plain old C library function call's (no snprintf() or other things that are known to be pesky on some UNIX'es (Solaris anyone?)), and it compiles clean with -Wall -Werror passed to gcc, so I assume it is something like decently written code (though I'm a self-taught programmer, so all bets are off if the compiler lied to me :).

I have various reports of version 1.0.x compiling/running properly on the following:

  • Linux (all known distributions and architectures).
  • Mac OSX/Darwin.
  • All UNIX-like platforms using the egcs or gcc compiler, a reasonable fascimilie of a proper ANSI C library, and something vaguely compatible with GNU make. (NOTE: this does not mean that all possible platforms have been tested; it means that all tested platforms with this configuration have worked fine, and that based on this, there should be no problems with other platforms using the same configuration).

Anyone who successfully compiles/installs Re-Tail on a platform not mentioned above, please let me know, so I can include your platform in the list.

And of course, any feature requests/bug reports, e-mail me, and I'll see what I can do for you.


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This page was last updated: 08/11/2005

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