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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.



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Verified by

Janet Casey

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31 October 2001

Leaders and contributors

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

Resources and communication

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

Software prerequisites

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


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