less v. more ( & else? )
On 02 Aug 2000, Kenshi Muto <email@example.com> wrote:
> Many pager software supports gzip-ed file.
> less, jless, lv, ...
> (But 'more' command doesn't support it)
1) nice. didn't know that less would work.
this should at least make it into the 'debian-tips' package, as tentative as
that package might or mightn't be.
2) I'm curious about why 'more' was chosen, rather than 'less' ( or others )
for the bare debian 'potato' ( and, i'm guessing, other releases')
a) less offers backwards-paging (?) (what happens when a person hits the "Page
Up" key on the keyboard.) , which seems beneficial, and almost necessary for
( on a tangent: these manpages & info-sheets need some tables-of-contents.
after some time with perl and *roff, maybe we'll have a script for the making of
b) there is also the point to make about gzip-browsing via 'less' ( as
important as some of those /usr/doc/*/*.gz files may be, this would seem to make
'less' a good choice for default-pager as-installed )
c) on what might or not be a down-side of it:
i'm not sure of how 'less' would compare with 'more' on the total main-binary &
dependencies sizes ( in memory, or on disk ) . was this a part of what kept
'less' out of the basic distribution?