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Re: Enable pager by default for the help command

From: Seth Goldberg
Subject: Re: Enable pager by default for the help command
Date: Thu, 03 Sep 2009 09:30:31 -0700 (PDT)
User-agent: Alpine 2.00 (GSO 1167 2008-08-23)

Quoting Robert Millan, who wrote the following on Thu, 3 Sep 2009:

On Wed, Sep 02, 2009 at 04:45:28PM -0700, Seth Goldberg wrote:

  I know I've been annoyed by this (as have many others I've talked to).
How about we enabling paging (set pager=1) automatically for the duration
of the help command, since it will inevitable scroll off of the screen
for console output devices with a limited number of lines?

We can't do this, as it could make GRUB unexpectedly require manual
assistance to boot in certain setups.

Really? When is the help command executed as part of boot? I'm not asking for pager to be set to 1 by default-- ONLY during the execution of the help command.

If this problem is solved, I suppose it's fine, but it would have to be

This is a big dissatisfier with pretty much everyone I've talked to who's needed help. I suppose as long as it's well-documented in the manual, that would be a minor improvement.


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