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Old 04-15-2005, 05:35 PM   #1
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How do I see all text in console?

I feel I should know this but I can't seem to find the answer -
After typing commands in a console which return a lot of text, I am only able to scroll so far up and can't get to the beginning of the text.
What is the correct way to do this?
Old 04-15-2005, 06:00 PM   #2
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use a pager, there are 2 installed usually

1) "more" - really only there for compatibility reasons, you can only scroll down

2) "less" - more or less a joke on "more"s behalf, this one can scroll up and down.

 tar -h | less
just press 'q' to quit, in more, if you get to the end,it exits for you
Old 04-15-2005, 06:01 PM   #3
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terminals and consoles have a limit to the number of lines that they save. i don't know what the default is, and it's almost certainly different for every terminal. anyway, i use aterm, and i know that the option is like this:

aterm -sl 4000

if you want to be able to scroll through the last 4000 lines of output.


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