tail -f /home/apt/var/apt-log.*Which until recently would tail the output of all the log files and then sleep for 1 second. A new feature of tail, part of the coreutils package, is inotify support. This is a nice feature when tailing a single file as updates to the file are displayed in realtime. However when tailing multiple files that are constantly being updated it becomes an incomprehensible mess.
No problem, the man page says that -s allows you to specify a sleep interval. Except that this option does not disable inotify and is effectively ignored. Surely this must be a bug, and I am not the only who has thought so. (583198)
What really irks me, and the reason I wrote this post, is the following statement:
use the deliberately undocumented ---disable-inotifySo instead of a simple "if -s then disable inotify" which logically follows the intent of the command if the user is specifying a sleep interval we are told to use an option that is only apparent if you read the source code because it was intentionally undocumented.