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MORE(1) 										  MORE(1)

       more, page - file perusal filter for crt viewing

       more [ -cdflsu ] [ -n ] [ +linenumber ] [ +/pattern ] [ name ...  ]

       page more options

       More  is a filter which allows examination of a continuous text one screenful at a time on
       a soft-copy terminal.  It normally pauses after each screenful, printing --More--  at  the
       bottom  of  the	screen.   If the user then types a carriage return, one more line is dis-
       played.	If the user hits a space, another screenful is	displayed.   Other  possibilities
       are enumerated later.

       The command line options are:

       -n     An  integer  which is the size (in lines) of the window which more will use instead
	      of the default.

       -c     More will draw each page by beginning at the top of the  screen  and  erasing  each
	      line  just before it draws on it.  This avoids scrolling the screen, making it eas-
	      ier to read while more is writing.  This option will be  ignored	if  the  terminal
	      does not have the ability to clear to the end of a line.

       -d     More  will prompt the user with the message "Press space to continue, 'q' to quit."
	      at the end of each screenful, and will respond to subsequent illegal user input  by
	      printing "Press 'h' for instructions." instead of ringing the bell.  This is useful
	      if more is being used as a filter in some setting, such  as  a  class,  where  many
	      users may be unsophisticated.

       -f     This  causes  more to count logical, rather than screen lines.  That is, long lines
	      are not folded.  This option is recommended if nroff output is being piped  through
	      ul, since the latter may generate escape sequences.  These escape sequences contain
	      characters which would ordinarily occupy screen positions, but which do  not  print
	      when  they  are  sent to the terminal as part of an escape sequence.  Thus more may
	      think that lines are longer than they actually are, and fold lines erroneously.

       -l     Do not treat ^L (form feed) specially.  If this option  is  not  given,  more  will
	      pause  after  any  line  that  contains a ^L, as if the end of a screenful had been
	      reached.	Also, if a file begins with a form  feed,  the	screen	will  be  cleared
	      before the file is printed.

       -s     Squeeze multiple blank lines from the output, producing only one blank line.  Espe-
	      cially helpful when viewing nroff output, this option maximizes the useful informa-
	      tion present on the screen.

       -u     Normally, more will handle underlining such as produced by nroff in a manner appro-
	      priate to the particular terminal:  if the terminal can perform underlining or  has
	      a stand-out mode, more will output appropriate escape sequences to enable underlin-
	      ing or stand-out mode for underlined information in the source file.  The -u option
	      suppresses this processing.

	      Start up at linenumber.

	      Start up two lines before the line containing the regular expression pattern.

       If  the	program  is  invoked as page, then the screen is cleared before each screenful is
       printed (but only if a full screenful is being printed), and k - 1 rather than k - 2 lines
       are printed in each screenful, where k is the number of lines the terminal can display.

       More  looks  in the file /etc/termcap to determine terminal characteristics, and to deter-
       mine the default window size.  On a terminal capable of displaying 24 lines,  the  default
       window size is 22 lines.

       More looks in the environment variable MORE to pre-set any flags desired.  For example, if
       you prefer to view files using the -c mode of operation, the csh command setenv MORE -c or
       the  sh	command  sequence  MORE='-c'  ; export MORE would cause all invocations of more ,
       including invocations by programs such as man and msgs , to use this mode.  Normally,  the
       user  will  place  the command sequence which sets up the MORE environment variable in the
       .cshrc or .profile file.

       If more is reading from a file, rather than a pipe, then a percentage is  displayed  along
       with  the --More-- prompt.  This gives the fraction of the file (in characters, not lines)
       that has been read so far.

       Other sequences which may be typed when more pauses, and their effects, are as follows  (i
       is an optional integer argument, defaulting to 1) :

	      display i more lines, (or another screenful if no argument is given)

       ^D     display  11  more lines (a ``scroll'').  If i is given, then the scroll size is set
	      to i.

       d      same as ^D (control-D)

       iz     same as typing a space except that i, if present, becomes the new window size.

       is     skip i lines and print a screenful of lines

       if     skip i screenfuls and print a screenful of lines

       ib     skip back i screenfuls and print a screenful of lines

       i^B    same as b

       q or Q Exit from more.

       =      Display the current line number.

       v      Start up the editor vi at the current line.

       h      Help command; give a description of all the more commands.

       i/expr search for the i-th occurrence of the regular expression expr.  If there	are  less
	      than  i occurrences of expr, and the input is a file (rather than a pipe), then the
	      position in the file remains  unchanged.	 Otherwise,  a	screenful  is  displayed,
	      starting	two  lines  before  the place where the expression was found.  The user's
	      erase and kill characters may be used to edit the regular expression.  Erasing back
	      past the first column cancels the search command.

       in     search for the i-th occurrence of the last regular expression entered.

       '      (single  quote)  Go  to the point from which the last search started.  If no search
	      has been performed in the current file, this command goes back to the beginning  of
	      the file.

	      invoke  a shell with command.  The characters `%' and `!' in "command" are replaced
	      with the current file name and the previous shell command respectively.	If  there
	      is  no  current  file  name,  `%' is not expanded.  The sequences "\%" and "\!" are
	      replaced by "%" and "!" respectively.

       i:n    skip to the i-th next file given in the command line  (skips  to	last  file  if	n
	      doesn't make sense)

       i:p    skip to the i-th previous file given in the command line.  If this command is given
	      in the middle of printing out a file, then more goes back to the beginning  of  the
	      file.  If  i doesn't make sense, more skips back to the first file.  If more is not
	      reading from a file, the bell is rung and nothing else happens.

       :f     display the current file name and line number.

       :q or :Q
	      exit from more (same as q or Q).

       .      (dot) repeat the previous command.

       The commands take effect immediately, i.e., it is not necessary to type a carriage return.
       Up  to the time when the command character itself is given, the user may hit the line kill
       character to cancel the numerical argument being formed.  In addition, the  user  may  hit
       the erase character to redisplay the --More--(xx%) message.

       At any time when output is being sent to the terminal, the user can hit the quit key (nor-
       mally control-\).  More will stop sending output, and  will  display  the  usual  --More--
       prompt.	The user may then enter one of the above commands in the normal manner.  Unfortu-
       nately, some output is lost when this is done, due to the fact that any characters waiting
       in the terminal's output queue are flushed when the quit signal occurs.

       The  terminal  is set to noecho mode by this program so that the output can be continuous.
       What you type will thus not show on your terminal, except for the / and !  commands.

       If the standard output is not a teletype, then more acts just  like  cat,  except  that	a
       header is printed before each file (if there is more than one).

       A sample usage of more in previewing nroff output would be

	    nroff -ms +2 doc.n | more -s

       /etc/termcap	   Terminal data base
       /usr/share/misc/more.help     Help file

       csh(1), man(1), msgs(1), script(1), sh(1), environ(7)

       Skipping backwards is too slow on large files.

4th Berkeley Distribution		 October 22, 1996				  MORE(1)
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