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Re: Bug#363250: general: Custom PAGER gives error on sid, but works on sarge

On Thu, Apr 20, 2006 at 12:05:16AM -0500, Manoj Srivastava wrote:
> >> I expect to be able to pipe stuff to $PAGER, or invoke $PAGER
> >> on a text file, like so:

> >> % cat    ~/.bash_profile | $PAGER
> >> % $PAGER ~/.bash_profile

> > That seems to be an awfully user-specific expectation, given that
> > you can't assume that PAGER is set *at all* by default.

>         Err, if the PAGER is empty, default it to "more".  What does
>  that have to do with the price of tea in china?

$ echo $PAGER

$ $PAGER tea\ in\ china
bash: ./tea in china: Permission denied

If $PAGER isn't set, then you can't very well use it as you describe, can

'Course, you can use the sensible-pager command this way.  And
sensible-pager does expect that $PAGER, if set, can take file names as
appended arguments.  So I guess your use cases do model the defacto policy
for use of $PAGER.

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
vorlon@debian.org                                   http://www.debian.org/

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