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When viewing a file what is the difference between 'more' and 'less'?...
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- 08-15-2012 #1
Why is less more?
- 08-15-2012 #2
Both are pagers, but they are different tools.
less has a few more features that more.
For details, consult the man pages or wikipedia.You must always face the curtain with a bow.
- 08-18-2012 #3
less gives you more functionality than more does. That's probably why it's called "less". The main improvement is that with less you can go backwards as well as forwards."I'm just a little old lady; don't try to dazzle me with jargon!"
- 08-22-2012 #4
Actually less is more but here is the difference.
ls | more
ls | less
- 08-24-2012 #5
- 08-26-2012 #6
Joost Kremers expressed it beautifully: "less is more, but more more than more is, so more is less less, so use more less if you want less more."
More or less"I used to be with it, then they changed what it was.
Now what was it isn't it, and what is it is weird and scary to me.
It'll happen to you too."
The Fifth Continent
- 08-26-2012 #7
It's an accident of history. more came first, back in the mists of time.
When someone came up with improvements, he couldn't name it "better"
so chose the more whimsical name. UNIX is full of weird names.