Options are also taken from the environment variable MORE (make sure
to precede them with a dash (-)) but command-line options will
-d Prompt with "[Press space to continue, 'q' to quit.]", and
display "[Press 'h' for instructions.]" instead of ringing the
bell when an illegal key is pressed.
-l Do not pause after any line containing a ^L (form feed).
-f Count logical lines, rather than screen lines (i.e., long
lines are not folded).
-p Do not scroll. Instead, clear the whole screen and then
display the text. Notice that this option is switched on
automatically if the executable is named page.
-c Do not scroll. Instead, paint each screen from the top,
clearing the remainder of each line as it is displayed.
-s Squeeze multiple blank lines into one.
-u Suppress underlining.
The screen size to use, in number of lines.
Start displaying each file at line number.
The string to be searched in each file before starting to
Interactive commands for more are based on vi(1). Some commands may
be preceded by a decimal number, called k in the descriptions below.
In the following descriptions, ^X means control-X.
h or ? Help; display a summary of these commands. If you
forget all other commands, remember this one.
SPACE Display next k lines of text. Defaults to current
z Display next k lines of text. Defaults to current
screen size. Argument becomes new default.
RETURN Display next k lines of text. Defaults to 1.
Argument becomes new default.
d or ^D Scroll k lines. Default is current scroll size,
initially 11. Argument becomes new default.
q or Q or INTERRUPT
s Skip forward k lines of text. Defaults to 1.
f Skip forward k screenfuls of text. Defaults to 1.
b or ^B Skip backwards k screenfuls of text. Defaults to 1.
Only works with files, not pipes.
' Go to the place where the last search started.
= Display current line number.
/pattern Search for kth occurrence of regular expression.
Defaults to 1.
n Search for kth occurrence of last regular
expression. Defaults to 1.
!command or :!command
Execute command in a subshell.
v Start up an editor at current line. The editor is
taken from the environment variable VISUAL if
defined, or EDITOR if VISUAL is not defined, or
defaults to vi if neither VISUAL nor EDITOR is
^L Redraw screen.
:n Go to kth next file. Defaults to 1.
:p Go to kth previous file. Defaults to 1.
:f Display current file name and line number.
. Repeat previous command.
The more command respects the following environment variables, if
MORE This variable may be set with favored options to more.
SHELL Current shell in use (normally set by the shell at login
TERM The terminal type used by more to get the terminal
characteristics necessary to manipulate the screen.
VISUAL The editor the user prefers. Invoked when command key v is
EDITOR The editor of choice when VISUAL is not specified.
The more command appeared in 3.0BSD. This man page documents more
version 5.19 (Berkeley 6/29/88), which is currently in use in the
Linux community. Documentation was produced using several other
versions of the man page, and extensive inspection of the source
This page is part of the util-linux (a random collection of Linux
utilities) project. Information about the project can be found at
⟨https://www.kernel.org/pub/linux/utils/util-linux/⟩. If you have a
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