I have several sparse files on a server running red-hat. I want to look at the files without having to see the zeroed bytes. When I less the files, I see a lot of '@^'s where the zeroed bytes exist. When I cat the files none of the zeroed bytes are displayed. However, when I cat and pipe that to less, the zeroed bytes are displayed again.
Why is this happening? How do I get around this to view the files using less, and not have the zeroed bits displayed?