[sclug] less not cooperating

Alex Butcher lug at assursys.co.uk
Sat Jul 28 09:27:25 UTC 2007

On Sat, 28 Jul 2007, Will Dickson wrote:

> From clues I've gleaned since, and suggestions I've been given here, I think 
> the situation is that less can tell, even when it's operating in some kinds 
> of pipeline, if it's really writing to a terminal device, and behaves 
> accordingly. However, the Java process-control abstraction is breaking that 
> link, so that less can only see stdin, stdout and stderr; 3 streams without 
> special characteristics. In this case, it does the best it can, which is to 
> behave like cat.

Would it be utterly dreadful to run 'xterm -e /usr/bin/less foo' ? That'll
give it a proper terminal setup and is less work than re-writing more in

> Will.

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