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Secrets of the man command

Posted by: Anonymous [ip:] on September 08, 2007 06:15 PM
Please be accurate and precise and call this article "Secrets of less". man(1) has nothing to do with either tip and it is misleading to tell to all newbies that man uses less(1) by default. In fact, it uses more(1) (in the BSD 4.xx lineage) or pg(1) (in the SysVR4 lineage) but it has come to pass that most GNU/Linux and BSDs (otherwise known as "can't-call-myself-UNIX(tm)-till-I-pay-the-opengroup") have realized that "less is more" and have replaced more(1) and pg(1) for less(1). To attribute to man(1) the abilities of the pager is just plain wrong.


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