inotail is a replacement for the 'tail' program found in the base installation of every Linux/UNIX system. The project makes use of the inotify infrastructure in recent versions of the Linux kernel to speed up tailing files in the follow mode (the '-f' option).
Standard tail polls the file every second by default while inotail listens to special events sent by the kernel through the inotify API to determine whether a file needs to be reread.
Currently inotail is not fully compatible to neither POSIX or GNU tail but might be in the future.
Â· Linux kernel 2.6.13 or higher with CONFIG_INOTIFY enabled
Â· Standard C Library (tested with GNU libc but might work with others too)
What's New in This Release:
Â· inotail now outputs verbose file headers correctly when used in a pipe.