Less is More, or is it Most?
While more, less and most are all filters for paging through text one screenful at a time. less is the default pager within the Linux community, whilst more is the standard pager within Solaris. So which should I use?
The answer is whichever you wish. For me a old hat with Solaris I'll stick with more whilst colleagues often use less and those who run other flavours of UNIX/Linux I guess use there own preference.
From the man pages for all three paging utilities:
|more||more is a filter for paging through text one screenful at a time. This version is especially primitive.|
|less||Less is a program similar to more(1), but it has many more features. Less does not have to read the entire input file before starting, so with large input files it starts up faster than text editors like vi(1).|
|most||most is a paging program that displays, one windowful at a time, the contents of a file on a terminal. Unlike other paging programs, most is capable of displaying an arbitrary number of windows.|
The choice is yours which you use...
So you want to use less as your default when looking into man pages? That's easy: Just put
into your .profile or .bashrc files.