On Wed, Apr 20, 2005 at 09:00:44PM -0700, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> > My logic: it's a lot more intuitive to say "cg-log | less" to get
> > paginated output than it is to say "cg-log | cat" to get unpaginated
> > output.
> I disagree.
> There is _never_ any valid situation where you do "cg-log" with
> unpaginated output to a tty.
> In _any_ real system you'll be getting thousands of lines of output.
> Possibly millions. unpaginated? What the hell are you talking about?
> And as I pointed out, if the output is not a tty, then both less and more
> automatically turn into cat, so there's no difference. This change _only_
> triggers for a tty, and I dare you to show a single relevant project where
> it's ok to scroll thousands of lines.
> Even git-pasky, which is just a two-week-old project right now outputs
> 4338 lines of output to "git log".
> Unpaginated? You must be kidding.
> (But if you are _that_ fast a reader, then hey, use "PAGER=cat", and
> you'll find yourself happy).
I used to do 'bk changes | grep \[AGPGART\] -C3 | head' on a regular basis,
just to be able to answer 'hey, did cset x get into tree y?' questions from
which is the probably the closest I came to non-paginated usage.
(though, ok 'head' is technically a pager too..)
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