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Re: Cannot "tail -F" multiple pipe files or streams?

From: Pádraig Brady
Subject: Re: Cannot "tail -F" multiple pipe files or streams?
Date: Mon, 11 Sep 2017 09:36:03 -0700
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On 11/09/17 09:34, Pádraig Brady wrote:
> On 11/09/17 01:52, Andrey Utkin wrote:
>> Hi,
>> Seems tail from coreutils 8.27 (as installed by Gentoo) doesn't handle
>> the usecase of following more than one i/o stream or pipe file, e.g.
>> tail -F -c +0 \
>>      <(while true; do date;     sleep 1; done) \
>>      <(while true; do date +%s; sleep 1; done)
>> Prints output of just first sub-script.
>> This has been described at length here:
>> Is it really a bug? Or is my expectation wrong? If that's bug, I am
>> happy to file a proper bugreport and maybe even debug it and make a
>> patch.
> I confirmed the latest version has the same behavior,
> with and without inotify.
> I''ve not dug in, but I presume it's because tail will read the full
> file up front (to get to the tail of it), and so will continue to
> read from the first, before it considers subsequent files.
> I don't know off the top of my head how to support this use case.
> There was a related warning that was adjusted recently.
> We might adjust that to fire in more cases like this mulitple pipe case?

Oh I wonder might we skip the initial blocking reads in the case where
whe're outputting everything? I.E. for -c+0 and equivalent.

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