Talk:less (Unix)

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NPOV tag fixed[edit]

I've rewritten the article, (hopefully) eliminating POV. I've also removed the {{NPOV}} and {{unix-stub}} templates. --Bruce1ee 07:46, 12 August 2005 (UTC)


Does anyone know where the name 'less' comes from? Is it related to the expression less is more? -- 06:35, 14 September 2006 (UTC)

The etymology was included in this revision --Vector Mike Bravo Sierra 19:36, 6 November 2006 (UTC)

Memory considerations[edit]

In almost 30 years of maintaining less, I've never heard of any organization restricting use of less due to memory concerns. It's certainly possible that it has happened, but I don't think it's at all common. I'd like to see a citation for this. Mnudelman (talk) 20:28, 25 October 2011 (UTC)


The infobox currently states that "less" is dual-licensed ("GPL and BSD-like"). But "less"'s GNU Project website states it's licensed under GPL 3 or later. What is correct? --Abdull (talk) 06:58, 25 June 2012 (UTC)

The source code, both on the original page and the copy distributed from the FSF site contains the following comment in the source code
* Copyright (C) 1984-2012 Mark Nudelman
* You may distribute under the terms of either the GNU General Public
* License or the Less License, as specified in the README file.
* For more information, see the README file.
The Less license appears to be BSD like. I've removed the dubious tag. Kiore (talk) 07:11, 18 November 2012 (UTC)
This is correct. The 'Less license' is a 2-Clause BSD license. It is explicitly dual licensed, with a choice of this license, or GPL3. I'm going to add a small note to that effect to clarify, since it is unclear what is meant by simply listing two difference licenses in the sidebar. Its unfortunate that there isn't any mention of this in the FAQ, or a copy of the license in plain text at [1]; but there isn't, so unless anyone objects, I'm going to at links to the license[2] and readme[3], which appears to be an up to date, http accessible cvs checkout of the FreeBSD source, hosted by MIT. I'll also cite pkgsrc[4], as a third party confirmation. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2601:9:C40:19:DD2B:5E8A:AEA2:C66 (talk) 04:06, 17 January 2014 (UTC)

allround ability[edit]

Obviously most implementations of less are able to check the what file is given and even non-textfiles are processed by invoking suitable programs, e.g. compressed files are decompressed first, PDF-files are converted in plaintext first. This be treated in the article. --Itu (talk) 21:37, 15 May 2014 (UTC)