Monitor multiple logs simultaneously

One way to monitor multiple logs simultaneous is to use tail.  Although this works, and works well, if the logs are modified frequently, they seem to scroll endlessly and messily.  What is meant by messily. As a log file is modified, it takes precedence over the previous log as it updates the terminal. One way around this is with multitail.

To install on CentOS 6.

yum install -y epel-release
yum install -y multitail

To use it is just as easy as using tail.

multitail /var/log/httpd/*_log

Display 3 logfiles in 2 columns

multitail -s 2 /var/log/maillog /var/log/messages /var/log/httpd/access_log

Run a command and view the log file.

multitail /var/log/httpd/*_log -l "wget"

Modify colors
To change from the default color scheme, create a config file. For example, call multitail -cS test_log /path/to/log with the following ~/.multitailrc: