How to copy last 5 lines of a log file to the clipboard on OS X

The tail command can be used to get the last 5 lines from a text file. In the example below, we'll use it to output the most recent logs from the system log file.

$ tail -5 '/var/log/system.log'

If you're using OS X, you can use the pbcopy command to copy the output to the clipboard.

$ tail -5 '/var/log/system.log' | pbcopy

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