Subject: bin/7875: less is not the "opposite" of more....
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From: None <email@example.com>
Date: 06/28/1999 09:50:56
>Synopsis: less is not the "opposite" of more....
>Responsible: bin-bug-people (Utility Bug People)
>Arrival-Date: Mon Jun 28 09:50:01 1999
>Originator: Greg A. Woods
Planix, Inc.; Toronto, Ontario; Canada
Less is not the "opposite" of more. It might be a "compliment"
to more (and you can read that any way you wish! ;-), but if it
were the "opposite" it would read from stdin and write to the
Now this is a somewhat silly and flippant "bug" report, but I
think it's rather important, especially in the context of the
one-line description given in the "NAME" section of a unix-style
manual page. Even ignoring the symantic confusion of the
current one-line description it extremely difficult for someone
searching for commands or documentation by keyword to ever
discover the "less" program.
On NetBSD this issue is doubly confounding because the
traditional BSD "more" program has been replaced by "less" and
the result is that nobody can find out what "more" is any more,
especially if they are initially searching through the online
index with "apropos".
$ apropos less
$ apropos more
$ apropos file | fgrep less
Change the one-line description in the NAME section of the
manual page to something like:
browse or page through a text file