On Mon, Feb 24, 2014 at 08:55:41PM +1300, Chris Packham wrote:

> > Thanks for the response. I did set this environment variable in my
> > .bashrc like so:
> > 
> > export GIT_PAGER=less
> > 
> > However after I do a 'git log' it is just spitting it out all at once
> > and not entering the pager.
> > 
> Um OK that was the obvious thing to try. There is also the config
> variable core.pager but GIT_PAGER should take precedence.

Presumably we are actually running what's in GIT_PAGER, but we can
double-check with:

  GIT_PAGER='echo custom pager' git log

You can also try:

  GIT_TRACE=1 git log

which should describe the pager being run.

> Could something be setting the environment variable LESS? Reading the
> git-config man page for core.pager git wants to set LESS to FRSX but if
> it is already set git takes that as an indication that you don't want to
> set LESS automatically.

We can also double-check the LESS setting in the executed pager:

  GIT_PAGER='echo LESS=$LESS' git log

If we are running less, and it is using FRSX, I'd suspect some kind of
terminal weirdness with less itself. With "-F", less will quit if the
whole output can be displayed; it's possible it thinks the screen is
bigger than it is.


  GIT_PAGER=less LESS=RSX git log

might help.

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