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Re: less: extra entries for lesspipe

On Wed, Apr 22, 1998 at 01:17:27PM -0400, Ben Pfaff wrote:
>    > What would be the use of looking at a screen full of control characters?
>    Because when I look at a binary with less, I *mean* to do
>    that... usually to look for corruption (blocks of nulls) or things
>    like *short* strings or strings not in the text section, that
>    "strings" *won't find*.
> No kidding.  I do the same thing quite often myself, generally when
> I'm debugging a low-level tool.  However, you can get around this, if
> lesspipe is `too smart', by simply doing `cat binary|less' instead of
> `less binary'.

One of the things I like about Linux, and Unix in general, is that it
doesn't try to be smart where you don't expect it to.

I think that if users want to see 'nm' or strings or whatever, they
can do those things. nm binary | less, or whatever..  Let's leave the
default alone:->

David Welton                          http://www.efn.org/~davidw 

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