Trimming Output to Your Terminal Width..

When tailing logs or reading through the output of any command and some lines are really too long, and they wrap around on the terminal – its really annoying.

Well I found this really cool tip at

Stick this function in your ~/.profile or equivalent:

fit () { 
    cut -c1-$COLUMNS

Now you have a nicer way to tail logs:

tail -F ~/home/some_app/logs/server.log | fit

It works a treat, thanks to Julien Letessier for sharing this one.


Assistant brewer. Ex DevOps Lead & backend code wrangler. Still likes to code. Into Go, APIs & Docker. Obviously an avid home brewer.

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