lesspipe.sh is an input filter for the pager 'less' as described in less's man page. It runs under a ksh-compatible shell (ksh, bash, zsh) and lets you use 'less' to view compressed files, archives, and files contained in archives. Viewing files by accessing a device file has been implemented for DOS filesystems and tar files only. The following formats are currently supported (both as plain and compressed files using compress, gzip, bzip2, or zip): tar, nroff, (sh)ar, executables, directories, RPM and Debian (.deb) Archives, Microsoft Word, files and PDF.
DocumentationUser man page included.
released on 28 July 2015
|License||Verified by||Verified on||Notes|
|GPLv2||Janet Casey||31 October 2001|
Leaders and contributors
|Derek B. Noonburg||Contributor|
Resources and communication
|Developer||VCS Repository Webview||https://github.com/wofr06/lesspipe/|
|Required to use||bash (2.04 or later) *or* ksh *or* zsh|
|Weak prerequisite||GNU tar|
|Weak prerequisite||GNU cpio|
|Required to use||file (GNU file 3.27 or above recommended)|
|Weak prerequisite||mtoolstest (according to which file type you are using)|
|Required to use||gzip/bzip2/unzip (depending on compression method used)|
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