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 in my terminal.

I would do this in vim using something like this:

localhost:~# vim myfile +$n

Is there an equivalent command line option? If not, is there a way to do this once the file is open in less?

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    A question that bothered me again and again, when i didn't have the time to search for an answer. Typing 'h' might have helped, for it displays the "SUMMARY OF LESS COMMANDS"... – lajuette Mar 14 '11 at 16:29

If the file is open you can type:

  • 100g to go to the 100th line.

  • 50p to go to 50% into the file.

  • 100P to go to the line containing 100th byte.

You can use these from terminal by adding + in front of them:

less +100g bigfile.txt
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    And don't forget, you can type $ to go to the last line. – rob Feb 24 '10 at 20:21
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    Hey - THANK you for the examples!! Helped me a lot!! – Poni Dec 29 '11 at 13:17

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