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Re: Enable pager by default for the help command

From: Robert Millan
Subject: Re: Enable pager by default for the help command
Date: Thu, 3 Sep 2009 18:55:23 +0200
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.18 (2008-05-17)

On Thu, Sep 03, 2009 at 09:30:31AM -0700, Seth Goldberg wrote:
> 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:
>>> Hi,
>>>   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.

Ah, sorry I overlooked this part.  Well, it wouldn't harm in help command,
but I suppose other commands are in the same situation.  Hopefully we could
find a more generic solution instead?

>   This is a big dissatisfier with pretty much everyone I've talked to 
> who's needed help.

Believe me, I'm annoyed by this problem too.

Robert Millan

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