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Old 09-13-2007, 09:51 PM   #1
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proper syntax for 'more' command

Hey whats going on. I am trying to find a command to take the contents of a file and display it one screen at a time. I did some looking and was looking into the 'more' command. There is a '-p' attribute that pauses the command and then allows you to issue subcommands. I have played around with the subcommands a little but unfortunately I haven't been able to get them to work properly. I was just wondering if someone could help me with my syntax.

Here is what I have so far
more -p j <filename>
option p: it pauses the more command
j: is the subcommand which moves forward K lines, or one full screen if you do not give a value for K.

However when I issue the command for some reason the 'j' option is interpreted as being a file and not a subcommand. I even tried using examples of other subcommands straight out of the 'man page' for more but for some reason the subcommands are still being interpreted as files and not subcommands

If someone could maybe help me fix up my syntax that would be great
thanks in advance

Old 09-13-2007, 10:11 PM   #2
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More is by definition a paginater - similar to the same command under Windoze.
The "-p" merely changes the way it moves the data - clear screen then re-paint rather than scrolling to the top.
Subcommands are entered once in more.

I'd suggest you use "less" - much better (as in user friendly).

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Old 09-13-2007, 10:37 PM   #3
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More can be used in two ways:

more filename


filename | more

Maybe you are using the wrong one?
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Originally Posted by jay73 View Post
filename | more
This syntax doesn't works, unless filename is an executable command.

Perhaps do you mean
cat filename | more
which is a typical example of common but useless cat invocation.
Old 09-14-2007, 02:21 AM   #5
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I would suggest you try 'less'
less is more (literally)

It will let you scroll by default.

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Old 09-14-2007, 09:26 AM   #6
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Ah perfect guys.
Thanks for the suggestions. After re-evaluating what I had I realized that I can actually just use more for what I need. I don't need to use any special subcommands with it. The general function of more serves my purposes perfectly.

Thanks so much for the responses guys
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You could try the "most" pager too. (hohoho ... devs and their naming schemes). It's fairly intuitive and has some nice colour schemes. Try setting it as the default pager for man pages, it is quite pretty.


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