is mTAIL ?
is a Windows Program that works like the Unix Command TAIL.
free, no ads, no pubs, no DLL... so enjoy !
ideas to improve mTAIL are welcome !
version : v1.9.11 (01-09-2019) [MM-DD-YYYY]
the program : mTAIL
Download sample Color Coding Ini : mTAIL_cc.ini
the documentation [outdated] (pdf) : mTAIL
Previous versions can be downloaded from the Revision History
is FREE and distributed without cost (see legal notice below).
But if you want to support mTAIL in
a profitable business environment, I encourage you to register mTAIL
using the corporate/professional PayPal Link below
(you will get by eMail your registration code). The donation is
20,00 EUR (aprox. $22,00 USD).
Thanks to your donations I have bought the Delphi XE4. THANKS A LOT !
The registration code should arrive within a working day by eMail. If not, please let me know.
License is a Lifetime License. Yes, donate for the program only
the first time and get all new versions for FREE.
Registration Name will appear on mTAIL caption bar. Registration eMail is used to send "new version" notification.
revision history (MM-DD-YYYY)
# = comment
+ = new feature
* = improved feature
! = fixed bug
- = removed feature
v1.9.11 build 997 (09-01-2019)
! Fix a bug preventing previous line of the alert to be sent
+ Add a global parameter to save the Alert window position (default is not saved)
+ Add parameters to customize alert cmd and number of line by file
* Change the File Manager file oganisation panel with Tabs
v1.9.10 build 992 (09-12-2018)
+ Add the possibility to add previous lines in Alert email (thks to Gareth for the idea). Default is 3.
+ Add the possibility to test sound files in the Alert Parameters
! Fix of some Alert sound playing issue (please test the sound with the new feature above)
! Error when closing mTail in some specific situation should be fixed
v1.9.8 build 988 (05-04-2017)
+ New general parameter to allow/prevent main application exit by ESC key
+ File path now accept environment variable between % (ex : %appdata%/*.* or %temp%/log*.txt)
v1.9.6 build 971 (02-24-2016)
! Many parameters problems fixed
# more internal changes for multitab coming in v2.0
v1.9.3 build 895 (12-31-2014)
* ESC char now works only when mTail is active (that prevents unwanted closing :-)
* New command line /finv to invert filter and /ontop to put mTail on top
+ you can now tail from 0%, 25%, 50%, 75% or from end of the file. This is very useful to see, for example, the header of a big file: Put 0% to see the header, go back to 100% to tail. To set this position, right-click on the status pane displaying the "lines read".
v1.9.1 build 879 (12-12-2013) - Limited diffusion
* Alert feature now in File Manager (some Alert parameters could be lost and should re-entered)
+ Alert by mail can be buffered to avoid Alert Spaming
* mTail.ini now only write non-empty fields to reduce his size
! Filter and alarm fileds in File Manager are now set when tailing
v1.9.0 build 856 (10-02-2013)
+ New command line option /finv invert the filter
# update to Delphi XE4
# more and more internal changes for multitab coming in v2.0
Old versions history
|... Future v2.00 : in [slow] progress, time is missing
- New easy Read Buffer handling
- Highly configurable alert manager
- No more registry, all stuff in INI
- May be multitab !
- Sending mails throught TSL
I work on mTAIL in my spare time. I'm not a professional nor a business... so be patient and indulgent, I do my best to include new features ;-)
As time is missing more and more, I will put source code on GIT later during this year.
Q : mTAIL is consuming to much network bandwidth when tailing on a netshare. How can I fix that ?
R : You can use activate "Fast read" option in File manager / Default Manager parameters / Default Read settings. When Fast read is on, mTAIL only read the file content when the last modification date change. You can also activate "Auto Timer" to further reduce the bandwidth !
Q : Is mTAIL Section508 compliant ?
R : Sorry no ! But mTAIL has many accessibility feature (like automatic high contrast, big font...). If someone can help me to be Section508 compliant... you are welcome.
Q : Do I need a licence for governement departement ?
R : No... mTAIL is free (see Legal Notice). But, sure, you can donate if you want to support mTAIL :-)
Q: How do I simply filter lines with text (uppercase/lowercase)
R : Just add (?i) before the text to filter. For exemple, (?i)mtail will filter all lines containing mtail without taken care of the case (ie mTAIL, mTaIl, Mtail...)
By making a donation to the mTAIL project you signify that you acknowledged, understood, accepted, and agreed to the terms and conditions contained in this notice. Your donation is voluntary and is not a fee for any services, goods, or advantages, and making a donation to the mTAIL project does not entitle you to any services, goods, or advantages. We have the right to use the money you donate to the mTAIL project in any lawful way and for any lawful purpose we see fit and we are not obligated to disclose the way and purpose to any party unless required by applicable law. Although mTAIL is free software, to our best knowledge the mTAIL project does not have any tax exempt status (the mTAIL project is neither a registered non-profit corporation nor a registered charity in any country). Your donation is non-refundable.
(legal notice inspired from the wonderful TrueCrypt Project legal notice).