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GNU less

Display paginator

Less is a paginator file similar to 'more' or 'pg,' but that allows backward as well as forward movement through the file. In addition, it doesn't have to read the entire input file before starting, so it starts large files faster than text editors like vi. Less uses termcap (or terminfo on some terminals) so it can run on a variety of terminals; there is even limited support for hard copy terminals.

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version 530 (stable)
released on 17 February 2018

User level



Related Projects


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License:GPLv3orlaterBendikker4 May 2018
GPLv3orlater or Cryptix alike
License:SimplePermissiveNonWarrantyBendikker4 May 2018
GPLv3orlater or Cryptix alike

Leaders and contributors

Mark Nudelman Maintainer

Resources and communication

AudienceResource typeURI
Ruby (Ref)https://rubygems.org/gems/less
Debian (Ref)https://tracker.debian.org/pkg/less

Software prerequisites

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This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 4 May 2018.


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