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From Mike <>
Subject [users@httpd] tail -f and resources
Date Sat, 12 Apr 2003 19:18:57 GMT
Hi folks.

When making significant site changes, I'll use the tail command (tail -f) 
to watch either the access or (more importantly) the error log files to 
watch as people hit the site.

In using tail -f to watch the error log file, I'm watching to make sure 
there are no orphaned file calls/links that need to be corrected/fixed.

The access log file is typically larger.
The error log file is typically much smaller.

Does anyone know if using tail -f to watch either or both of these files 
for relatively extended periods of time will use too much system 
utilization, and therefore I should do it sparingly? Or does it really not 
matter too much?

I'm not having any problems. Everything is fine. I'm just wanting to make 
sure that I'm not over-taxing the system - and not even realizing it - by 
using tail -f as described.


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