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How to see new log entries automatically with journalctl

The journalctl command can show continuously new log entries with the --follow option. When new entries are added to the journal, they are automatically shown.


The follow option is a great option to continuously monitor a particular unit.

journalctl --follow --unit=nginx.service

Without providing a unit, all system events will be shown and followed.

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This article uses the journalctl command to achieve its tasks. For this popular tool there is a cheat sheet available!

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