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I am looking for a visual tail tool that can monitor several local or remote log files.

Optional features that interest me: color highlight based on special words, filtering, notifications on new activity.

It would be nice to be a free, if possible :)

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You may try to use a combination of multitail and ssh.

http://serverfault.com/questions/53976/use-local-tools-to-monitor-remote-logs

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I forgot to say that I am looking for something that I could use as a dashboard. –  sorin Jul 1 '11 at 14:24
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I found a tool that can do this GeekTool, it even has a version that works on Lion (see the forum).

It can be used to do just simple tails, without filtering or other stuff, so maybe someone has a better alternative.

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Survlog ($)

Costs money but they do not say a thing about this on their web. I tried to install the app but it told me that it expired. Something is fishy...

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PostRemoteLog (free)

PostRemoteLog has Growl notifications support and it is free.

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While I haven't used it myself yet, I recently discovered Log.io. It appears to meet all your criteria.

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