How to ‘grep’ a continuous stream?

Turn on grep‘s line buffering mode when using BSD grep (FreeBSD, Mac OS X etc.)

tail -f file | grep --line-buffered my_pattern

It looks like a while ago --line-buffered didn’t matter for GNU grep (used on pretty much any Linux) as it flushed by default (YMMV for other Unix-likes such as SmartOS, AIX or QNX). However, as of November 2020, --line-buffered is needed (at least with GNU grep 3.5 in openSUSE, but it seems generally needed based on comments below).

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