Tail is Windows Resource kit command, which is used from command prompt to print last ‘N’ lines of any text file.
Download tail command
Firstly download Windows resource kit from here
Open the downloaded file. It installs the tools in the default directory
C:\Program Files\Windows Resource Kits\Tools
Tail command usage
C:\Program Files\Windows Resource Kits\Tools>tail.exe /? usage: TAIL [switches] [filename]* switches: [-?] display this message [-n] display last n lines of each file (default 10) [-f filename] keep checking filename for new lines
To print the last 10 lines of the file data.txt:
tail -10 data.txt
To print the data as and when it’s added to the file:
tail -f data.txt
The above command is mostly used for viewing log files contents while more data is being written to them. Tail command with -f option does not terminate until the user presses [Ctrl]-[C].
Where can I download tail command for vista/Windows 7? Does the 2k3 resource kit tail.exe work for these versions also?
Thanks … note, that for Windows 7, install it with compatibility mode setting and it should install perfectly fine. It pops up a message saying there are known compatibility issues, ignore and proceed. Tried and tested and works absolutely fine on Win 7 (64 bit) Ultimate.
When I call this
tail -ftoolkit command from perl on a windows 7 platform, the output is displayed in a command window and cannot, so far as I can tell, be captured in the perl program. Has anyone had success in capturing its output in the calling program?
Tail gives ambiguous result.
Sometimes right result and sometimes wrong result.
Where can I download Windows resource kit ?
From this page – https://www.technlg.net/windows/download-windows-resource-kit-tools/. (It was not working earlier, but has been updated)
The above link works now.
The link to download the tail cmd does not work anymore
Thank for pointing that out. Updated with the link that is working.