man page search highlights

Giorgos Keramidas keramida at
Mon May 19 18:27:51 PDT 2003

On 2003-05-19 19:48, David Kelly <dkelly at> wrote:
>On Monday 19 May 2003 07:23 pm, Giorgos Keramidas wrote:
>>On 2003-05-20 08:08, Robert Storey <y2kbug at> wrote:
>>> Once again displaying the ignorance of a Linux refugee/FBSD
>>> newbie...
>>> When viewing man pages, I often use the search feature:
>>>    /searchstring <enter>
>>> The difference I've noticed between Linux and FBSD is that in
>>> Linux, if the search string is found, the string is highlighted. I
>>> find that a very useful feature. Is there some way to enable this
>>> function in FBSD man pages?
>> more(1) doesn't highlight matches.
>> less(1) does.
>> Set your PAGER to 'less' and it should "just work" :-)
> Actually on FreeBSD more is less, but running in "more compatibility
> mode":

Yep.  IIRC, some of the things that the "compatibility mode" sets
cannot be undone from within less using -? options though; this is
why I suggested PAGER='less'.

> Also, I like to add this to my ~/.cshrc:
> setenv  LESS    '-aciMs -j5'
> One of the handy items is the -j5 which places the search hit 5 lines
> from the top of the screen/window so you can see some of what precedes
> it.

Super cool!  Thanks for the tip :)

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