Display or follow file content.

ℹ️ Here, following means streaming a file while it’s being updated (appended).

ℹ️ You can use -c in place of -n in the following examples, to switch to binary offset selection.

tail -n 5 ~/.bashrc

Prints last 5 lines of ~/.bashrc

tail -n +3 ~/.bashrc

Prints ~/.bashrc from the 3rd line until the end.

Following syslog events -f

tail -f /var/log/syslog

Follows system logs (on Debian/Ubuntu).

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