Using less you can wrap long lines with -S or --chop-long-lines.

Is there any way to indent those wrapped lines?

  • To be clear, the chop-long-lines option in less turns OFF line wrapping. As far as I know, this is not possible in less. It is somewhat possible in vim if you do :set showbreak=>>>
    – Matt M
    Commented Feb 14, 2022 at 20:33

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I don't think that such an option exists.

You should rather be using the indent command which will give a much more readable text.

See especially all options relating to "Breaking Long Lines". There is also a section in the man-page with this same name.

  • why did not include example? It's anything but easy command and nobody will read 20+ man pages. Commented Jun 18 at 8:11

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