Named pipes, also called FIFO (First In/First Out) Buffers, are a simple way to get piped data into a command that is expecting to read data from a file, for simulated local client/server communication, or to queue up data for periodic processing such as with cron.
ping -c4 www.google.com
$ nohup ./ping.sh > /tmp/pingfifo&
Root-tail works great on log files as-is if you wish to use it that way. This quick snippit was written to demonstrate how Unix allows pipes to be created to act like files for commands such as root-tail that only deal with files.
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