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instead of "cat ./text.txt" use "less ./text.txt". more is often a symlink to less. If you still want cat to run as less, you can create an alias. "alias cat=less". I don't know why you would do that though
I can't think of any way to do this without processing cat's output through some other command or shell script.
The question doesn't even make sense. The purpose of cat is to concatenate files, not to page them.
Some terminals support Ctrl-s/Ctrl-q to pause and resume output. One must be very quick on the keys, especially on modern hardware. Might this count as an answer?
Maybe cat's output could be directed at some buffered stream device in /dev. You'd still need some way to signal the device to flush its buffer to the terminal and then resume accepting input. I have no clue how one would even begin!
Last edited by Telengard; 04-16-2011 at 02:26 PM.
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