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Old 01-25-2009, 06:56 AM   #1
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End of File In Terminal Cannot Quit Sometimes


Sometimes when I do a "ls | less" I will get to the end of the file and most of the time I can press CTRL+ D to get back to the prompt. Other time it does not work and I have to click on close and start over? Any other ways to get back to prompt?

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try to press
q
or CTRL-C
 
Old 01-25-2009, 07:14 AM   #3
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To exit from less, you can press 'q'. Other applications may have a different terminator, depending on the fact they expect an EOF (Ctrl-D) or a termination signal (Ctrl-C). For example you can use Ctrl-D to send the "end of input" signal when using
Code:
cat > textfile
other commands don't receive input from the terminal and you will stop them using Ctrl-C. For exemple when using
Code:
tail -f logfile
Another signal is Ctrl-Z that means suspend. This is useful when you launch a command from the terminal and you want to put it in background, for example
Code:
$ command
<Ctrl-Z>
$ # prompt returns here and the job is suspended
$ bg # this put the last (previous) job in background. 
Hope this helps.
 
  


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