How do I add a bit of color to my man pages under Linux / FreeBSD / Apple OS X / Unix like operating systems?
You can install a page called most. It is a paging program that displays, one windowful at a time, the contents of a file on a terminal.
It pauses after each windowful and prints on the window status line the screen the file name, current line number, and the percentage of the file so far displayed.
How Do I Install most Under FreeBSD?
To install the port, enter:
# cd /usr/ports/sysutils/most/
# make install clean
Alternatively, you can add the binary package called most using the the following command:
# pkg_add -r most
How Do I Install most Under Debian / Ubuntu Linux?
Type the following command:
# apt-get install most
How Do I Install most Under Fedora / RHEL / SL / CentOS Linux?
Make sure RPMForge repo is configured. Type the following command to install the same:
# yum install most
How Do I Use most Command?
Type the following command to set PAGER bash shell variable, enter:
export PAGER="/usr/bin/most -s"
I recommend that you modify and setup environment variable called PAGER in ~/.bashrc file.
A Note About CSH / TCSH Shell Users
CSH / tcsh shell users, type the following command:
setenv PAGER /usr/local/bin/most
Try viewing man for any command. To view the man page of Linux date command, enter:
$ man date
most Command Summary
Quitting: Q Quit MOST. :N,:n Quit this file and view next. (Use UP/DOWN arrow keys to select next file.) Movement: SPACE, D *Scroll down one Screen. U, DELETE *Scroll Up one screen. RETURN, DOWN *Move Down one line. UP *Move Up one line. T Goto Top of File. B Goto Bottom of file. > , TAB Scroll Window right < Scroll Window left RIGHT Scroll Window left by 1 column LEFT Scroll Window right by 1 column J, G Goto line. % Goto percent. Window Commands: Ctrl-X 2, Ctrl-W 2 Split window. Ctrl-X 1, Ctrl-W 1 Make only one window. O, Ctrl-X O Move to other window. Ctrl-X 0 Delete Window. Searching: S, f, / *Search forward ? *Search Backward N *Find next in current search direction. Miscellaneous: W Toggle width between 80 and 132 char mode. Ctrl-X Ctrl-F Read a file from disk R, Ctrl-R Redraw Screen. F Simulate tail -f mode :o Toggle options: b-binary, w-wrap, t-tab E Edit file. Uses MOST_EDITOR and EDITOR environment variables. *Note: This command may be repeated `n' times By entering a number then the command key, e.g., '5 SPACE' moves 5 screens forward.
- Download most paging program for Unix, VMS, MSDOS, and win32 systems.