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A terminal pager, paging program or simply pager is a computer program used to view (but not modify) the contents of a text file moving down the file one line or one screen at a time. Some, but not all, pagers allow movement up a file. A popular cross-platform terminal pager is more, which can move forwards and backwards in text files but cannot move backwards in pipes. less is a more advanced pager that allows movement forward and backward, and contains extra functions such as search.
Some programs incorporate their own paging function, for example bash's tab completion function.
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- ^ manpage of more
- ^ manpage of less
- ^ "Bash Reference Manual: Programmable Completion Builtins". gnu.org.
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- ^ "most(1): browse/page through text file - Linux man page". die.net.
- ^ "View-Mode".
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