less is a terminal pager program on Unix, Windows, and Unix-like systems used to view (but not change) the contents of a text file one screen at a time.

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Using screen, commands like less and man don't clear the screen afterwards

In contrast to this question I want the clearing of the screen re-enabled for less. It works fine in my xterm terminal under Cygwin/mintty or Gnome Terminal (both xterms). However, when inside a ...
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Enable wheel in mintty for cygwin comands: less and man

I'm using mintty and cygwin. How to can I enable the mouse wheel inside less and man?
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Get colors in 'less'' command

when I read a file in Linux with the command 'less' or 'more', how can I get the content in colors?
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Less and Grep: Getting colored results when using a pipe from grep to less

I use the --colour option of grep a lot, but I often use less as well. How can I pipe grep results to less and still preserve the coloring. (Or is that possible?) grep "search-string" -R * --colour | ...
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How to syntax highlight via Less

is there a way to syntax highlight a file I see in Less? actually I'm using this command to open an xml file (and sometimes a series of them) less htmleditors/htmleditors_config.xml or less ...
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How to turn off word-wrap in less

Short version: How can I make the less utility in Linux not wrap lines? Long version: Often I need to view huge CSV files using less with hundreds of columns. I frequently only care about the first ...
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Less: Quickly Jump to Line Number in Large File

I'm struggling to figure out a way to do this...I'm using less to view a large (~1GB) file. I want to jump to line "$n" in the file - preferably without having to wait for lines 1-($n-1) to scroll by ...
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less is more? Is more less? I'm so confused

When I first heard their names, I got really confused when I tried to guess what these tools might do, I thought I'd misheard something. What's the difference between more and less, i.e. why ...
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Why does less tail mode stop working?

Using the less command on linux in tail mode (F command or less -f) consistently stops working on certain machines and/or certain files. New changes simply stop showing up. I know I've fixed this ...
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less emulate a TTY to preserve piped color output

When you pipe something through less, the program usually discards color codes because it's not outputting to a TTY. So you have to add --color=always to the options for it to work. ls -l ...
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How do I include newlines in a search in less?

How can I search for newlines (or end of lines) as part of a search using less? For example, I'd like to search for length=9\n, but don't want to merely search for length==9 because that'd get ...
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on quit, 'less' does NOT clear its contents when run in a 'screen' session [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Using screen, commands like less and man don't clear the screen afterwards When I quit 'less' in a normal bash, it clears the previous contents displayed by 'less' ...
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Less interrupting in less

I often pipe program output to less, e.g. produce_output | less This works great, until produce_output produces large amounts of output. If I search for some text that is deep into the file, less ...
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How can I get file information in 'less' like with 'man'?

When I view a file in Linux with the 'less' command, I often only get a ":" prompt in the bottom left corner. There's no clue about how long the file will be, or at which location I am currently. When ...
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Use `less` pager on file with non-standard encoding

I often use the less pager to view logfiles. Usually I use less -F to follow the progress of the log à la tail. However, some logfiles use national characters in a non-standard encoding (Latin-1, ...