tail logs quite a lot.
An example would be to tail the Apache2 access logs.
This is simple to do:
tail -f /var/log/apache2/access.log
This will show a trail of all access log entries as they come in.
What if we only wanted to see when Googlebot accessed the site?
We could filter only these results:
tail -f /var/log/apache2/access.log | grep -i googlebot
This will tail all logs, and
grep will only shows results for case-insensitive instances of
But what about if we want to show all the other logs at the same time, but with
googlebot being highlighted?
Highlight entries and keep everything else
This can be done as follows:
tail -f access.log | grep --color -E -i "googlebot|$"
What this does is tail all access log entries, then highlight all case-insensitive results of
googlebot, which will be coloured/lighlighted, and also show the remainer of the entries too.
In short, the above will show all entries as they come into the log, but only highlight the string