10.47. Less-443

The Less package contains a text file viewer.

10.47.1. Installation of Less

Prepare Less for compilation:

./configure --prefix=/usr --sysconfdir=/etc

The meaning of the configure option:


This option tells the programs created by the package to look in /etc for the configuration files.

Compile the package:


This package does not come with a test suite.

Install the package:

make install

Move less to /bin:

mv -v /usr/bin/less /bin

10.47.2. Contents of Less

Installed programs: less, lessecho, and lesskey

Short Descriptions


A file viewer or pager; it displays the contents of the given file, letting the user scroll, find strings, and jump to marks


Needed to expand meta-characters, such as * and ?, in filenames on Unix systems


Used to specify the key bindings for less