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Both more and less seem to be heavily influenced by the vi commands. Are there any pagers that are more emacs like out of the box?

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less supports actually a subset of both vi and emacs commands. You should be able to add the ones you are missing using the lesskey command.

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The lesskey pointer is very helpful--thanks! – apgwoz Oct 11 '12 at 18:10

Not exactly a pager, but GNU Info uses the same bindings as Emacs.

Though I wonder why you would need a pager if you use Emacs…

Emacs can browse man pages with woman, you can « tail » a file with auto-revert-tail-mode.

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You use pagers for a lot more than man and info pages... – apgwoz Oct 11 '12 at 18:15
My shell run in emacs and if I need to do complex operations on the output, I can simply put it in a buffer and write some elisp, run some shell command (M-|) or use some keyboard macros (C-x k (). Thus I only use a pager when I'm don't have (my) emacs. – Daimrod Oct 11 '12 at 21:25
Which shell are you using? I guess I could force myself to do more things within emacs. I already do do a lot of things. I'm just so used to using an xterm I guess... – apgwoz Oct 12 '12 at 2:11
I use multi-term to run multiple terminals inside emacs.… And then, you can switch between term-char-mode and term-line-mode with respectively C-c C-k and C-c C-j. term-char-mode has the standard term bindings, and with term-line-mode you can navigate in the buffer like in any other buffers. – Daimrod Oct 12 '12 at 6:14
I've used multi-term in the past, but stopped for some reason--not sure why, but perhaps it's time to try again. My config is here: – apgwoz Oct 12 '12 at 11:54

I use this bash function to view files (from memory):

ev() {
  emacs "$1" -nw --eval '(setq buffer-read-only t)'

It opens the file $1 in a read only buffer.
I don't know the best way to set a bash function as a pager, I suppose you could put it in a shellscript instead and use that as pager instead.

(Not on a computer with bash to test on)

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Yeah, it'd be trivial to convert this to a shell script. I'd probably use emacsclient though to avoid the hefty startup time. – apgwoz Oct 11 '12 at 18:11

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