"Scrolling up" in a plain login prompt (no X)
As part of my effort to learn more about console tools, I have installed Fedora Core 5 with no graphical elements. My question is, can I "scroll up" in a plain Bash login screen? I know about piping output to less, but that's not always possible (or I may not know about it -- after all, that's why I'm posting). For instance, I ran yum update, which displayed a huge list of package needing update. Naturally, this did not fit in 25 lines. Can I, in this case, see previous output?
As a side question, do you think my choice is right? Graphical interfaces just distract me and pretty soon I would end up using them exclusively, thus nulling my quest to learn console tools. I can use Vim and Elinks acceptably, and in my view it's a good start: I can search the web and manually edit configuration files.
Thanks and congrats on the community,