[TUHS] Fwd: Origins and life of the pg pager

Rob Pike robpike at gmail.com
Tue Jun 23 07:33:31 AEST 2020

There is only one correct way.

% grep PAGER .bashrc

export PAGER='col -b'



On Tue, Jun 23, 2020 at 2:26 AM Derek Fawcus <
dfawcus+lists-tuhs at employees.org> wrote:

> On Sun, Jun 21, 2020 at 05:35:28PM -0700, Greg A. Woods wrote:
> >
> > In a related vein what annoys me are so-called modern programs like
> > "git", "hg", and others which default to always piping their output
> > through $PAGER, along with such things as colour decorations enabled,
> > but when you tack on "|$PAGER" to their command-line then they turn off
> > the decorations!  They cause me to have to undo decades of finger
> > memory.
> Well, for further fun, one could always export GIT_PAGER=cat,
> then git will not use a pager for those commands, recognising that
> 'cat' is a no-op in such cases.  :-)
> DF
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