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Unix tail -f equivalent in Windows PowerShell

One of my favorite ways of monitoring jobs from the Unix command line was to tail an output file using the -f switch.  This way I could see updates to my screen as they were written to the file.  It is a good progress indicator for jobs that are active:

tail -f filename.txt

I always wanted an equivalent command in Windows PowerShell, but I was unable to find it until a colleague of mine pointed me in the right direction this week.  The PowerShell syntax is:

get-content -Path “C:\filename.txt” -Wait

Now I monitor jobs just as well in Windows!  Thanks Will!