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Re: Pipe through LESS and MORE

From: Bob Proulx
Subject: Re: Pipe through LESS and MORE
Date: Sat, 20 Mar 2004 18:26:27 -0700
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David Hergert wrote:
> When I pipe the output of ls through less or more, the escape 
> characters show. Looks really bad.

This really falls into the category of the old joke, "The patient says
to the doctor, it really hurts when I do this ...  The doctor resonds
by saying, then don't do that and you will be fine."

> OS X 10.3
> Terminal using tcsh
> command : ls --color -f -L | less
> Dont know if you know of this already.

Perhaps you wanted --color=auto instead?  Here is the online

  info ls

    `--color [=WHEN]'
         Specify whether to use color for distinguishing file types.  WHEN
         may be omitted, or one of:

            * none - Do not use color at all.  This is the default.

            * auto - Only use color if standard output is a terminal.

            * always - Always use color.

         Specifying `--color' and no WHEN is equivalent to `--color=always'.
         Piping a colorized listing through a pager like `more' or `less'
         usually produces unreadable results.  However, using `more -f'
         does seem to work.

Hope that helps,

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