How can I enable the scrolling of "less" output (rather than the terminal window itself) using the scroll wheel on OSX?
Update: Seems that this is now supported automatically in OS X Yosemite or newer. Just use
less and scroll.
For earlier versions of OS X:
You can't scroll using the mouse wheel without any hacks. One of these makes use of a SIMBL plugin called MouseTerm, which reports the mouse events to your Terminal:
MouseTerm is a SIMBL plugin for Mac OS X's Terminal.app that passes mouse events to the terminal, allowing you to use mouse shortcuts within applications that support them.
To get started, first install SIMBL (MouseTerm won't work without it!). Once you've done that, open the .dmg file, run Install, and restart Terminal.app. To uninstall, run Uninstall from the .dmg.
The FAQ mentions
less as a good place to try mouse reporting.
less -r as given in this answer and it worked great (scrolling with the standard trackpad gesture.)
See also this similar question which discusses some limitations.
Actually, looking more carefully at the second link, it's really the absence of
-X that's critical to being able to have scrolling behavior (which means that if you want fancy scrolling, you can't keep the output in the terminal history after