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Use pico filename to edit the file, vi will also work but pico is much easier for newbies. To view the file you can also type "cat filename | more" which is probably the same as just typing more filename..
Basically the big difference I see is when using less, you'll stay within view of the file until you hit Q to exit out. With more, if you keep scrolling down to the end of the file, you'll end back up at a prompt.
Use a viewer to see an install or a readme file, not an editor - you have no reason to change the file, besides which viewers are simpler to use. more and less are both good - you can move a screen at a time in more, one direction only, by hitting the space bar, a line at a time with the return key. Scroll up and down in less with the up and down arrows, back a full screen (very useful to just go back read something again) with control+b - b on its own works on some files but not all to scroll back a screen in more. I have no idea why it only works sometimes. cat is only useful for files not larger than one screen in size.
Add in what trickykid said and you've about got the lot. The attractions of those viewers is how simple they are to use. Less has the advantage of going backwards as well as forwards, except for those files where b works in more, and it stays in the file when you reach the end. That's minor, because the up arrow from the command prompt will give you the more command again, anyway. Exit either at any time with the q key. Note the keys cited, b and q, are lower case.
BTW, to use any of them, using more as the example, at the command prompt type more /pathtofile/nameoffile and hit return.
Last edited by jazzclubber; 12-15-2002 at 09:54 PM.