Updated: multitail-5.1.0-1: View one or multiple files like tail but with multiple windows.

Dr. Volker Zell dr.volker.zell@oracle.com
Mon Jun 11 17:20:00 GMT 2007


A new version of 'multitail' has been uploaded to a server near you.

Cygwin NEWS:

 * Update to latest upstream version

multitail NEWS:
5.0.1: - fixed a segfault in the 'find'-code
       - --mergeall would merge all the following files into the previous window(!) which may be unwanted, so added '--mergeall-new' which creates a new window in which all the following files upto --no-mergeall are merged
       - conversion schemes/color schemes selection would fail if no schemes were defined in the config file.
       - on certain terminals one need to explicitly set the background color to be usable
       - version 5.0.0 always remembered the last searchstring, this can now be turned off in the configfile

5.0.2: - removed some debugging code that garbled the screen

5.0.3: - removed bogus error message when aborting 'write script'
       - added color scheme for the BOINC project
       - not all commandline settings were written when executing the 'write script' functionality

5.0.4: - changed default changeline_color to white on blue which is better readable then the previous colors
       - fixes for systems where 'char' is actually unsigned
       - fix for freebsd: one can now set the characters to use for borders

5.0.5: - HOME/END in scrollback did not redraw the screen
       - compilation fix for uClibc
       - page up (in the scrollbackwindow) did not work when there were lines bigger then the scrollbackwindow

5.1.0: - added conversion signal number to signal name
       - MultiTail used to wake up 4 times a second, it now only wakes up if there is really something to do
       - fixed a cosmetic bug in the 'add window' menu
       - made more parameters configurable
       - error messaging is more uniform
       - added -kS which, like sed, can select parts of strings to keep. e.g. -kS "^.*(TCP[^ ]*).*$" would keep the string matched by what is between ( and )
       - fixed 2 memory leaks
       - replaced 2 strcat()s with strncat()
       - one can now explicitly wether the 'tail' used is a posix only tail (e.g. inotail) or also supports the old "-[0-9]" format
       - MultiTail can now act as a syslog-server (e.g. listening on UDP port 514 for messages). this is usefull when you want to monitor syslog capable devices (UNIX servers, Cisco switches, etc.) without the need for a syslog server
       - made some errors not fatal - e.g. let them give an error popup instead
       - unfiltered redirection would only emit the first line in certain situations
       - fixed a segfault (occuring only on AIX) at exit
       - Solaris problems fixed (malloc of 0 bytes)
       - one can now redirect to a socket (syslog/udp/514) as well
       - colors can now be suppressed in the scrollback window to improve scrollingspeed
       - improved scrolling in the scrollback menu: also scrolling in a line is now possible

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.
Multitail can also filter lines (again with regular expressions) and
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.

To update your installation, click on the "Install Cygwin now" link on the
http://cygwin.com/ web page.  This downloads setup.exe to your system.
Save it and run setup, answer the questions and pick up 'multitail' from
the 'Utils' or 'Text' category (it should already be selected).

Note that downloads from sources.redhat.com (aka cygwin.com) aren't
allowed due to bandwidth limitations.  This means that you will need to
find a mirror which has this update, please choose the one nearest to you:

If you want to make a point or ask a question the Cygwin mailing list is
the appropriate place.

Dr. Volker Zell
volunteer cygwin multitail maintainer

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