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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.


User manual included

Related Projects


LicenseVerified byVerified onNotes
SimplePermissiveNonWarrantyJanet Casey21 August 2001
GPLv3orlaterGenium17 October 2015

Leaders and contributors

Mark Nudelman Maintainer

Resources and communication

AudienceResource typeURI
Bug TrackingE-mailmailto:bug-less@gnu.org

Software prerequisites

Weak prerequisitetermcap
Weak prerequisiteterminfo

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 17 October 2015.


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