Something to "tail -f" during a long build?

Randall Wood rhwood at
Sat Nov 3 18:06:23 PDT 2007

On 3 Nov 2007, at 20:58, Ryan Schmidt wrote:

> On Nov 3, 2007, at 19:05, Lloyd Zusman wrote:
>> Once I've started a long build (for example, of something like  
>> gcc42), is
>> there a file somewhere that I can look at with "tail -f" in order  
>> to watch
>> the progress of the build?
>> I know that I can start a build with the "-v" or maybe "-d" flag  
>> to see
>> more info, but I'm specfically wondering if there's a log file  
>> somewhere
>> for the non-"-v" case (for example, for a simple "port install  
>> gcc42")
>> that I can look at while the build is running.
> No, there's no such option (no such log file).

This is what I do:

1)	sudo port install whatever > ~/whatever.install.log 2>&1
2)	Ctrl+Z
3)	open ~/whatever.install.log
4)	fg

The end result is that I have open with the log file  
while port is running in the Terminal.

Randall Wood
rhwood at

"The rules are simple: The ball is round. The game lasts 90 minutes.  
All the
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