ftptail prints the last lines of a file stored on an FTP server and then monitors it for changes. (Similar to the Unix tail command)
I wanted to monitor the access logs for hamstersoup.com Unfortunately I can't run any scripts on the server, I can only access the files via FTP and I don't want to waste bandwidth downloading a 100KB log file every few minutes. My script ftptail solves the problem:
ftptail -f -p passwd.txt firstname.lastname@example.org/access.log
Command Line Options
Usage: ftptail [OPTIONS] user@host/file Print the last 10 lines of file on an FTP server. Options: -n, --lines=N Print the last N lines of the file (default:10) -f, --follow Keep FTP connection open and append as file grows -s, --sleep-interval=S Sleep S seconds between updates (default:200) -p, --password-file=P Use the password stored in P to login -v, --verbose Dump info about FTP connection to STDERR
If you download ftptail and have problems or suggestions then leave a comment.
I'm surprised that I couldn't find another utility that does this. Maybe my Google-Fu failed me, please let me know about any existing tools.
Hope somebody finds this useful.