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ls -l gives me color coded output. Folders are blue, executables green, etc. These colors are gone when filtering thorough | more. Anyway to achieve both paged output and colors?

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Can you give us a detailed explanation? – Random Guy Oct 5 '11 at 11:21
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Try with less command with repaint(-R) option:

ls --color=always -l | less -R
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That works, and actually more as pager also works. – eldering Oct 5 '11 at 11:29
Shouldn't it be -R (only change is uppercase R)? See here for why... – Breakthrough Oct 5 '11 at 11:37
@Breakthrough: +1. i'll update it. – Prince John Wesley Oct 5 '11 at 11:39
Actually it also works with more with the --color=always, so that was the key for me! – Nilzor Oct 7 '11 at 8:11
Unfortunately this doesn't work for Mac OS X / BSD, but is fine for Linux – user1442960 Dec 4 '14 at 17:53

Search for the term "escape sequence" in the man page of less. About the colorful stuff, see ANSI escape code # Colors;

There is a detailed solution on on how to have paged & colored output; the key info is:

ls -C --color=always | less -R
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