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Release 3.50a 2006-11-02 What's new?
Win32 (Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000, XP, 2003, Vista)

Free Version - baretail.exe (220k) Licence
- Startup splash screen cannot be disabled

Registered Version - Only $US 25 Licence
- Option to disable startup splash screen

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Command Line Use

baretail [options] {file(s)}

where options can be:

-wp left top width height
--window-position left top width height

Specifies the window position at startup in pixels. Note that the -ws, --window-state option, as well as the stored windows state in the registry (from the last run) overrides this option when the state is minimised or maximised.

-ws 0 | 1 | 2
--window-state 0 | 1 | 2

Specifies the window state at startup:


Normal state (neither minimised or maximised)





-tc count -ti index
--tile-window-count count --tile-window-index index

Specifies the window position at startup for vertical tiling of applications on the screen. The count specifies the number of equal height vertical slots for application windows. The index specifies the zero-based (zero is the top) offset of the slot in which to position the window.


If BareTail is started from the command line without any command line arguments, for example:


then it automatically opens the last file viewed, or prompts the user to select a file if it is being started for the first time.

It is possible to specify a file on the command line, such as:

C:\>baretail engine.log

in which case BareTail would be opened for tailing engine.log.

If multiple files are specified on the command line, for example:

C:\>baretail engine.log stats.log

Then BareTail would be launched for tailing engine.log and stats.log. The two files would be shown in two tabs in the application.

The tiling options can be used to tile multiple instances of BareTail on the screen, for example:

C:\>baretail --tile-window-count 3 --tile-window-index 0 engine.log
C:\>baretail --tile-window-count 3 --tile-window-index 1 stats.log

Then two instances of BareTail would be launched. The first instance would view engine.log and would be positioned in the top third of the screen. The second instance would view stats.log and would be positioned in the middle third of the screen.

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