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Quick TailView Tip

11-25-2009 5,073 views Development 7 Comments

As I mentioned a few days ago, I'm a huge fan of using CFLOG for debugging. To go along with that I make heavy use of TailView in ColdFusion Builder. TailView "monitors" a log file. Every time the file is updated it will automatically show the new lines. This is much easier than using the log viewer built into the ColdFusion Administrator. One of the cooler features of TailView, and something that may not be obvious, is that you can apply filters based on search criteria. This can make certain log lines stick out more than others. Here is a quick video demonstration.


  • Commented on 11-25-2009 at 9:48 AM
    Cool. Ever since you showed how Tail view log worked at CFUnited, its become one of my favorite features of CFBuilder.
  • Commented on 11-25-2009 at 11:46 AM
    That's awesome, I had no idea TailView was that cool. Saw it when I installed builder, shrugged and minimized it.
  • Commented on 11-29-2009 at 2:22 PM
  • Ryan Arneson #
    Commented on 01-19-2010 at 8:33 AM
    Have you found a way to have the TailView retain the log files you had open each time you start CF Builder? I've noticed that when I restart it I have to manually add each log file I want to monitor.
  • Commented on 01-19-2010 at 8:38 AM
    This doesn't happen to me. Maybe a beta quirk?
  • Ryan Arneson #
    Commented on 01-19-2010 at 11:51 AM
    Could be, I've started a different workspace since posting this message and it retained those logs.
  • Commented on 01-19-2010 at 12:04 PM
    Good tip. For those testing beta software that makes use of Eclipse, it is probably always a good idea to make a new workspace.

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