Console text file viewer
lee_maschmeyer at wayne.edu
Mon May 21 15:59:22 UTC 2007
lb will do most of what you want.
lb (Less with Bookmarks) is a set of Bash scripts I wrote to view text files
and automatically keep a bookmark so you will start up where you left off.
Though there's only one bookmark per file, you can have multiple links to
the same file and each will have its own bookmark. You can search by
invoking less or more from within lb. It has a pipe feature (you give lb the
list of commands to execute and it puts the output into lb) so you can use
lynx or facsimile to view html files as text. You can run it under Windows
by installing Cygwin or other *nix emulator.
About the only thing it won't do for you is scroll automatically. It's very
much page oriented. It will align pages so the top of the page is at the top
of the screen. If there are no form feeds within the length of the screen it
will be screen oriented. It allows tons of keys to scroll to the next page
(Space, Enter, PageDown etc). If your file contains brf or brl in its name
it'll translate all characters to 6-dot braille and you can turn such
translation on or off by command line options. It contains properly
formatted man pages for lb and its helpers (a program to allow reentering a
command from a `select' list, reflow the margins of a file, and several
If you even blink your eyes in my direction I'll send it to you. And anyone
else. And their mother-in-law...
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For a skunk may be somebody's brother."
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