Console text file viewer
anders at pipkrokodil.se
Mon May 21 19:11:00 UTC 2007
You could try pico.
Its an editor but its great to read with.
At least when i was a debian user.
----- Original Message -----
From: Tony Baechler
To: blinux-list at redhat.com
Sent: Monday, May 21, 2007 12:08 PM
Subject: Console text file viewer
I'm looking for a file viewer program for plain text that's
console-based. I'm aware of more(1) and less(1) but that's not what
I had in mind. I want more than a pager. I would like something
like a DAISY reader but for plain text. It would be nice if it
automatically scrolls so I don't have to hit a key every 24 or 25
lines of text. I would like to jump to a specific screen number or
line number in the file. For example, if the file has 250 lines and
there are 25 lines per screen, it would be nice to go to screen 5 or
line 125 to reach the halfway point. The biggest thing I want is to
drop bookmarks at any position and have it immediately come back to
that same point next time I open the file.
Something like the lynx(1) browser would work if it could do
bookmarks like I described above and if it would automatically scroll
the text. If the viewer could do other formats like html and rtf
that would be great but plain text is all that I really need. It
would be nice if it also runs under Windows or is written in a
portable scripting language like Python or perl. Oh, it needs a
decent search facility, both case sensitive and otherwise, forward
and backward. I thought about something like vi(1) but it doesn't
offer bookmarks and I don't want to make any changes to the
files. Finally, it needs to support large files of up to 30 MB or so.
I have an ancient DOS viewer that I'm using now from 1992 but it
doesn't offer bookmarks and the search doesn't always work. I can't
send it to you but it's included with Vocal-Eyes from GW Micro in the
demo archive. If anyone has any ideas, I'm interested in looking at
them. It would be good if the viewer could run from an ssh
session. I'm running Debian Sarge but will be upgrading to Etch
shortly. Thanks for any help.
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