|less||less is one of those classic file-listing programs, like
list on MS-DOS, that does so much you never realized you needed to
It does so much more than
and does it so much better, that it's one of the first programs I port to a new
If I tried to cover all the features, this article would be ten pages
Luckily, less comes with online help (type |
Some of the features and advantages:
No relearning: less does the right thing when you use more,, or file-browsing commands.
While reading from, less can redraw the screen and read previous pages.
Lots of ways to move to certain parts of the file: by line number, percentage, screen, with a search. Can mark and return to lines.
For programmers: handles. Finds matching braces and parentheses.
An incredible number of screen-control settings and options to make the screen look like you want it, including position after searches. Customizable prompt to give you the information you want.