more [-dlfpcsu] [-num] [+/pattern] [+linenum] [file ...]
more is a filter for paging through text one screenful at a time. This
version is especially primitive. Users should realize that less(1) pro-
vides more(1) emulation plus extensive enhancements.
Command-line options are described below. Options are also taken from
the environment variable MORE (make sure to precede them with a dash
(``-'')) but command line options will override them.
-num This option specifies an integer which is the screen size (in
-d more will prompt the user with the message "[Press space to con-
tinue, 'q' to quit.]" and will display "[Press 'h' for instruc-
tions.]" instead of ringing the bell when an illegal key is
-l more usually treats ^L (form feed) as a special character, and will
pause after any line that contains a form feed. The -l option will
prevent this behavior.
-f Causes more to count logical, rather than screen lines (i.e., long
lines are not folded).
-p Do not scroll. Instead, clear the whole screen and then display
Notice that this option is switched on automatically if the exe-
cutable is named page.
-c Do not scroll. Instead, paint each screen from the top, clearing
the remainder of each line as it is displayed.
-s Squeeze multiple blank lines into one.
-u Suppress underlining.
+/ The +/ option specifies a string that will be searched for before
each file is displayed.
+num Start at line number num.
Interactive commands for more are based on vi(1). Some commands may be
preceded by a decimal number, called k in the descriptions below. In the
following descriptions, ^X means control-X.
h or ? Help: display a summary of these commands. If you forget all
the other commands, remember this one.
SPACE Display next k lines of text. Defaults to current screen
s Skip forward k lines of text. Defaults to 1.
f Skip forward k screenfuls of text. Defaults to 1.
b or ^B Skip backwards k screenfuls of text. Defaults to 1. Only
works with files, not pipes.
' Go to place where previous search started.
= Display current line number.
/pattern Search for kth occurrence of regular expression. Defaults to
n Search for kth occurrence of last r.e. Defaults to 1.
!<cmd> or :!<cmd>
Execute <cmd> in a subshell
v Start up an editor at current line. The editor is taken from
the environment variable VISUAL if defined, or EDITOR if VIS-
UAL is not defined, or defaults to "vi" if neither VISUAL nor
EDITOR is defined.
^L Redraw screen
:n Go to kth next file. Defaults to 1.
:p Go to kth previous file. Defaults to 1.
:f Display current file name and line number
. Repeat previous command
More utilizes the following environment variables, if they exist:
MORE This variable may be set with favored options to more.
SHELL Current shell in use (normally set by the shell at login
TERM Specifies terminal type, used by more to get the terminal
characteristics necessary to manipulate the screen.
Eric Shienbrood, UC Berkeley
Modified by Geoff Peck, UCB to add underlining, single spacing
Modified by John Foderaro, UCB to add -c and MORE environment variable
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