MultiTail

MultiTail

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What is it in short?

MultiTail follows files in style, it is tail on steroids.

Can you elaborate on that?

MultiTail lets you view one or multiple files like the original tail program. The difference is that it creates multiple windows on your console (with ncurses). It can also monitor wildcards: if another file matching the wildcard has a more recent modification date, it will automatically switch to that file. That way you can, for example, monitor a complete directory of files. Merging of 2 or even more logfiles is possible. It can also use colors while displaying the logfiles (through regular expressions), for faster recognition of what is important and what not. It can also filter lines (again with regular expressions). It has interactive menus for editing given regular expressions and deleting and adding windows. One can also have windows with the output of shell scripts and other software. When viewing the output of external software, MultiTail can mimic the functionality of tools like ‘watch’ and such.

Ethernet Patents

Apple, Others Hit With Lawsuit On Ethernet Patents

A patent troll has gotten hold of fundamental Ethernet patents and is wielding them broadly. Three guesses which US Appeals Court the lawsuit was filed in. “A Texas company has targeted a number of technology companies, including Apple, in a new lawsuit regarding a handful of computer networking patents issued in the 1990s. … 3Com Corporation was granted four patents from 1994 to 1998 pertaining to network adapters. Two deal with the automatic initiation of data transmission, and one addresses ‘host indication optimization.’ … The company’s Web site states that U.S. Ethernet Innovations was founded ‘to continue 3Com Corporation’s successful licensing program related to a portfolio of foundational patents in Ethernet technology.’ A press release from the company states that it is the ‘owner of the fundamental Ethernet technology developed and sold by 3Com Corporation in the 1990s,’ suggesting it purchased the patents. … In addition to Apple, the lawsuit names Acer, ASUS, Dell, Fujitsu, Gateway, Hewlett Packard, Sony, and Toshiba as defendants.”

(Via Slashdot: Apple.)

Create Debian Linux packages

Create Debian Linux packages

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The Debian packaging system is one of the most elegant methods of installing, upgrading, and removing software available. For all you fans of other packaging systems, before you send your flames, please note that I said “one of” and not simply “the most.” Other packaging systems have their charms, but in this article I’m going to focus on the Debian packaging system. Specifically, I’m going to look at creating Debian packages so you can distribute your packages in Debian format — or simply create packages for your own use. read more