[update 10:08pm] I know that tail exists for Windows by using cgywin or some of the other ports. If you view the article you’ll see that this utility isn’t run from the command line and uses VB.NET code, which I thought was a interesting…]
From the artima newsletter: Windows tail: “The UNIX operating system has long had a set of really good text file processing utilities. On of the utilities is a program named tail. What tail does is it displays the bottom of a file and then waits for any new information to be written to the end of that file then it displays that information, scrolling up as it goes along. This is perfect for monitoring log files to watch them actually grow as information is being written to them.
Windows has no such command. Also, in the spirit of Windows, I thought it would only be appropriate to have this command using a GUI user interface instead of the command line user interface employed by the UNIX version.
Enter Windows Tail, or wtail.exe. This is a program written in VB.NET using the Microsoft DOTNET Framework 1.1 which must be installed on your system in order for this program to run.“