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Speak UNIX fluently with the best tools available

May 15, 2009, 21:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Martin Streicher)

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"Much like a vernacular, the universe of UNIX tools changes almost perpetually. New tools crop up frequently, while others are eternally modernized and adapted to suit emerging best practices. Certain tools are used commonly; others are used more infrequently. Some tools are perennial; occasionally, some are obsoleted outright. To speak UNIX fluently, you have to keep up with the "lingo."

"Watch many files with multitail
Whether you're a developer debugging new code or a systems administrator monitoring a system, you often have to keep an eye on many things at once. If you're a developer, you might watch a debug log and stdout to track down a bug; if you're an administrator, you might want to police activity to intercede as necessary. Usually, both tasks require oodles of windows tiled on screen to keep a watchful eye--perhaps tail in one window, less in another window, and a command prompt in yet another."

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