Adventures & experiences in contemporary technology
Since I often use the tail command to look at the end of a log file and occasionally in combination with the watch command for constant updates, I got to wondering if the number of lines issued by the tail command could be changed. That is a simple thing to do with the -n switch. All you need is something like the following:
tail -n 20 logfile.log
Here the value of 20 is the number of lines produced when it would be 10 by default, and logfile.log gets replaced by the path and name of what you are examining. One thing to watch is that your terminal emulator can show all the lines being displayed. If you find that you are not seeing all the lines that you expect, then that might be the cause.
While you could find this by looking through the documentation, things do not always register with you during dry reading of something laden with lists of parameters or switches. That is an affliction with tools that do a lot and/or allow a lot of customisation.