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A pager is a tool for displaying the contents of files or other output on the terminal, in a user friendly way, across several screens if needed.

Available software

This is just a partial selection of pagers available in Gentoo.

Name Package Description
Bat sys-apps/bat cat(1) clone with syntax highlighting and Git integration.
Less sys-apps/less Free, open-source file pager, almost ubiquitous on Linux. Included in the @system set.
More sys-apps/util-linux Basic pager, part or util-linux included in the @system set.
Most sys-apps/most Paging program that displays, one windowful at a time, the contents of a file.
Nvimpager app-editors/neovim Use nvim as a pager to view manpages, diffs, etc with nvim's syntax highlighting.

Also consider emerging app-editors/vim with USE=vim-pager.

Default pager

The default pager can be configured by setting the PAGER environment variable, and similarly, the default manpager can be configured by setting the MANPAGER environment variable:

FILE ~/.bashrcSet PAGER and MANPAGER variable

The default pager can be modified using the eselect command.

See also