Every Monday, we'll show you how to do something new and simple with Apple's built-in command line application. You don't need any fancy software, or a knowledge of coding to do any of these. All you need is a keyboard to type 'em out!
Continuous file monitoring is good when you need to keep a check on the status and changes of a particular file on your system. Using the tail command, we can easily monitor a single file and have its changed contents outputted to the screen for viewing. This is great for system administrators who need to keep an eye on log files, for instance. Each time the file is opened and saved, the new lines of text will be printed to the Terminal window for your viewing pleasure. Continue reading and we'll show you the simple command that can accomplish this for you.