Linux subsystem and tail -f

This article is related to Linux running via the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL).

Depending on your installation, you might notice, that tail -f will not follow the end of the file correctly. This issue does not show up on all installations. Even with the same Linux version.

Currently I am experiencing this issue on a Ubuntu (or Debian) system and Windodws 10.

To still be able to tail -f, add "---disable-inotify" to the end of the command. The three dashes are required!


tail -f ---disable-inotify /var/log/messages