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why don't pagers like 'more' or 'less' work with the help text of many console applications, like to help text of X11??? example: Code: X --help |more...
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    pagers don't work with help text


    why don't pagers like 'more' or 'less' work with the help text of many console applications, like to help text of X11???

    example:
    Code:
    X --help |more

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    They do. --help is not a valid switch to the command 'X'.

    Try:

    Code:
    ls --help | more
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    Quote Originally Posted by sarumont
    They do. --help is not a valid switch to the command 'X'.

    Try:

    Code:
    ls --help | more
    Yes it is, 'X --help' list the arguements available for X. The pager doesn't intercept the text output.

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