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#1 2012-10-04 00:25:36

ayr0
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less options

Hi,

I've been playing with for awhile now and it has really got me frustrated.  I referring to the options for less.

I use less as my default pager, but it feels it has to clear the screen and commandeer my terminal everytime it runs.  I simply want it to page when output flows the terminal screen.  If it fits on one screen, just display the stuff and quit.  But less can't seem to figure this out.  I've tried various combinations of the options and none seem to work

I define the options in my zshrc file
export LESS="RSiMg"

the -F option seems to do what I want, but adding "F" to the option string, and less won't display anything at all.  Trying "e" and "E" don't work either.

Does anyone have this figured out?  What am I missing?  This has been annoying me ever since I reinstalled Arch about 6 months ago.

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#2 2012-10-04 00:29:40

ngoonee
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Re: less options

You'd do better with a more descriptive title. Something like 'Options for 'less''


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#3 2012-10-04 01:01:38

jasonwryan
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Re: less options

alias less="less -FX"

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#4 2012-10-04 01:04:19

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#5 2012-10-04 01:04:39

falconindy
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Re: less options

less reads options from the environment variable 'LESS' as well, e.g.

$HOME/.bashrc wrote:
export LESS=FX

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#6 2012-10-04 01:08:22

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Re: less options

Thanks falconindy: nice tip.


ayr0 - please don't open multiple threads for the same question: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Fo … ss-Posting


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