On Wed, 20 Apr 2005 21:00:44 -0700 (PDT) Linus Torvalds wrote:

| On Wed, 20 Apr 2005, Daniel Jacobowitz 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?

Who in the world would look at thousands or millions of lines on a
tty using a pager?

| 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).

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