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Input filter for 'less'

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.


User man page included.

Related Projects



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Janet Casey

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31 October 2001

Leaders and contributors

Wolfgang Friebel Maintainer
Derek B. Noonburg Contributor
Florian Cramer Contributor
Heinrich Kuettler Contributor

Resources and communication

AudienceResource typeURI
Bug Tracking,Developer,SupportE-mailmailto:Wolfgang.Friebel@desy.de
DeveloperVCS Repository Webviewhttps://github.com/wofr06/lesspipe/

Software prerequisites

Required to usefile (GNU file 3.27 or above recommended)
Weak prerequisitemtoolstest (according to which file type you are using)
Weak prerequisitedpkg
Weak prerequisitestrings
Required to usegzip/bzip2/unzip (depending on compression method used)
Weak prerequisitegroff
Weak prerequisitedpkg-deb
Weak prerequisiterpm
Required to usebash (2.04 or later) *or* ksh *or* zsh
Weak prerequisitepdftotext
Weak prerequisiterpm2cpio
Weak prerequisiteGNU tar
Weak prerequisitemdir
Weak prerequisiteGNU cpio
Weak prerequisitear
Weak prerequisitemtype
Weak prerequisiteantiword
Weak prerequisitenm

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 7 January 2017.


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