Posted On 2007-05-02 by FortyPoundHead
Keywords: Command Reference
Tags: Linux Commandline Linux
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Display output one screen at a time, less provides more emulation and extensive enhancements.

more [-dlfpcsu] [-num] [+/ pattern] [+ linenum] [file ...]

Command line options are described below. Options are also taken from
the environment variable MORE (make sure to precede them with a dash
(``-'''')) but command line options will override them.

-num This option specifies an integer which is the screen size (in

-d more will prompt the user with the message "[Press space to contin­
ue, ''q'' to quit.]" and will display "[Press ''h'' for instructions.]"
instead of ringing the bell when an illegal key is pressed.

-l more usually treats ^L (form feed) as a special character, and will
pause after any line that contains a form feed. The -l option will
prevent this behavior.

-f Causes more to count logical, rather than screen lines (i.e., long
lines are not folded).

-p Do not scroll. Instead, clear the whole screen and then display
the text.
-c Do not scroll. Instead, paint each screen from the top, clearing
the remainder of each line as it is displayed.

-s Squeeze multiple blank lines into one.

-u Suppress underlining.

+/ The +/ option specifies a string that will be searched for before
each file is displayed.

+num Start at line number num.

Interactive commands for more are based on vi(1). Some commands may be
preceeded by a decimal number, called k in the descriptions below. In
the following descriptions, ^X means control-X.

h or ? Help: display a summary of these commands. If you forget all
the other commands, remember this one.

SPACE Display next k lines of text. Defaults to current screen

z Display next k lines of text. Defaults to current screen
size. Argument becomes new default.

RETURN Display next k lines of text. Defaults to 1.
Argument becomes new default.

d or ^D Scroll k lines. Default is current scroll size, initially
11. Argument becomes new default.

q or Q or INTERRUPT Exits the more command.

s Skip forward k lines of text. Defaults to 1.

f Skip forward k screenfuls of text. Defaults to 1.

b or ^B Skip backwards k screenfuls of text. Defaults to 1.

'' Go to place where previous search started.

= Display current line number.

/pattern Search for kth occurrence of regular expression. Defaults to 1.

n Search for kth occurrence of last r.e. Defaults to 1.

! or :! Execute in a subshell

v Start up /usr/bin/vi at current line

^L Redraw screen

:n Go to kth next file. Defaults to 1.

:p Go to kth previous file. Defaults to 1.

:f Display current file name and line number

. Repeat previous command

More utilizes the following environment variables, if they exist:

MORE This variable may be set with favored options to more.
SHELL Current shell in use (normally set by the shell at login

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