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I'm looking for a win32 app that can be auto refreshed, with some advanced find features, but more important, that's able to read a text file backward (i.e. last line on top).

Do you know any app that can do that?

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Baretail fulfills the specific requirements you ask for. Your request for "advanced find features" is too vague for me to answer. Do you mean regex searching?

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yep, RegEx is fine. I used BareTail, but it trails the log as it's produced, it doesn't display it backward. Did I miss an option? –  Vinzz Feb 7 '11 at 14:20

I really like Hoo WinTail... You can set up filters and highlighting and even have it watch a log file and email you if it spots specific text.

http://www.hootech.com/WinTail/

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SnakeTail is a Windows tail program that can monitor and search log files.

Log Expert is another good alternative.

Here is a good list of other alternatives

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Uh, not so so advanced, but PowerShell has rudimentary tail functionality within get-content \path\to\file.log -wait. I am not sure what you can do with the output afterwards to invert it the way you want. I would be mad impressed if someone shows me up and gives you workable code. I will probably get marked down, because my answer is somewhat "well, build your own." There is also Tail for Win32, but I am not sure it has the functionality you are looking for; I only used its basic features when I needed it.

While looking at Tail for Win32 and the functionality you wanted (specifically last line first), I stumbled upon this Google project. Let me know if that tickles your fancy. I would be curious about your results.

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Thanks for the hint, but the binary downloaded wouldn't load, moaning about an unregistered ocx. As I vowed not to do any VB6 anymore (I mean, a log file reader written in VB6?), I stopped this experiment. –  Vinzz Feb 10 '11 at 15:06

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