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Viewing Linux Files with more

Expert Oracle Tips by Burleson Consulting

March 22, 2011

Viewing Linux Files the more command

The more command allows viewing files too big to fit in a single window by showing them one page at a time.

$ more chapter1.txt

After the more commandis executed, the first page is displayed.  The bottom of the screen shows a percentage of how far you are through the file that is currently being viewed. Within more, moving forward or backward in the file or searching for a string of text can be done.  Here is a quick reference for the more commands that are most likely to be used:

Command Action
h or ? Display help screen with a short summary of common commands
Space Display the next page of text
b Go back one page of text
Return Move one line forward in the file
v Edit this file using the default editor
control-l Redraw the current screen (useful when the screen size has been changed)
q Quit more and return to the command prompt

Table 2.1:  Common more Commands

While more only allows viewing the contents of a file, use the v command to open this file in an editor.  More about vi, the default editor in Linux, will be shown later in this book.

Another popular command for viewing files is less.  The less command offers all the functionality of more, but with some additional features, many that are geared specifically to programmers.  For most file browsing, more does everything that is needed by it; however, if preferred, most of the more commands will work in less.


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