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More on LinuxToday CLI Magic: Watch It

May 24, 2005, 08:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Barr)

"This week we'll take a look at a very simple command called watch. You know what they say, a watched pot never boils. That's why it makes good sense to take advantage of this little tool to watch it for you. Waiting for mail? Want to see if a job has completed? Watch can help. At the CLI, of course. Climb down out of your GUI and take a look.

"Watch allows you to see a real-time display of the latest output--the first screenful of output--from a command. So instead of you having to retype the command 50 times while you wait for whatever to occur, you tell watch to do it for you. By default, watch reissues your command every 2 seconds..."

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