is a filter for paging through text one screenful at a time. This version
is especially primitive. Users should realize that
emulation and extensive enhancements.
Command line options are described below.
Options are also taken from the environment variable
(make sure to precede them with a dash (``-'')) but command
line options will override them.
This option specifies an integer which is the screen size (in lines).
will prompt the user with the message "[Press space to continue, 'q' to
quit.]" and will display "[Press 'h' for instructions.]" instead of ringing
the bell when an illegal key is pressed.
(form feed) as a special character, and will pause after any line that
contains a form feed. The
option will prevent this behavior.
to count logical, rather than screen lines (i.e., long lines are not
Do not scroll. Instead, clear the whole screen and then display the text.
Do not scroll. Instead, paint each screen from the top, clearing the
remainder of each line as it is displayed.
Squeeze multiple blank lines into one.
option specifies a string that will be searched for before
each file is displayed.
Start at line number
Interactive commands for
are based on
Some commands may be preceded by a decimal number, called k in the
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.
Display next k lines of text. Defaults to current screen size.
Display next k lines of text. Defaults to current screen size. Argument
becomes new default.
Display next k lines of text. Defaults to 1. Argument becomes new
d or ^D
Scroll k lines. Default is current scroll size, initially 11. Argument
becomes new default.
Skip forward k lines of text. Defaults to 1.
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.
Search for kth occurrence of regular expression. Defaults to 1.
Search for kth occurrence of last r.e. Defaults to 1.
!<cmd> or :!<cmd>
Execute <cmd> in a subshell
Start up an editor at current line.
The editor is taken from the environment variable VISUAL if defined,
or EDITOR if VISUAL is not defined,
or defaults to "vi" if neither VISUAL nor EDITOR is defined.
Go to kth next file. Defaults to 1.
Go to kth previous file. Defaults to 1.
Display current file name and line number
Repeat previous command
utilizes the following environment variables, if they exist:
This variable may be set with favored options to
Current shell in use (normally set by the shell at login time).
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
command appeared in
This man page documents
version 5.19 (Berkeley 6/29/88), which is currently in use in the Linux
community. Documentation was produced using several other versions of the
man page, and extensive inspection of the source code.