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Is there a command in the Windows DOS prompt that is equivalent to the UNIX less or more?

Basically, the problem is that when I type hg log, the output has too many lines to fit on the screen and I want to paginate it.

Any ideas on how to solve this problem?

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less: it is part of the gnuwin32 set of ports for windows: – MaQleod May 19 '12 at 2:41

Windows has the command more. E.g. (Taken from Wikipedia)

To display the file named letter.txt on the screen, the user can type either of the following two commands:

 more < letter.txt
 type letter.txt | more 

So in your case you want hg log | more.

For heavier usage you will want something like UnxUtils or GnuWin32, which have a more powerful less utility.

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Well, that's convenient now isn't it? Thanks! – Jeffrey Greenham May 18 '12 at 23:56
Yea, but the Windoze version only pauses the screen for a page at a time. You can't page up and down through the output. I've never used gow (mentioned in another reply) but I use UnxUtils every day. I love having grep, more, head, tail, sed, wc and other tools in Windoze. – Tom May 19 '12 at 2:35
@Tom: That is what more does on *nix as well. less is the one with backwards scrolling support, as you've noticed. – Daniel Andersson May 20 '12 at 21:31

If you don't mind installing additional software gow is a nice toolkit with a set of standalone unix style tools that you can use, including less and more - it requires an install since it adds itself to path, but you can copy and use the install directory elsewhere as well.

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This toolkit is epic! less, grep, wget, curl, ssh, whereis.. and many more standard unix console tools, directly in windows CMD! and only 18MB.. windows CMD is now actually useful – Mitzh May 27 at 11:01

Up-to-date less build for Windows is here:

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