issue about `less` in ubuntu

J dreadpiratejeff at
Tue Dec 17 20:02:57 UTC 2013

On Tue, Dec 17, 2013 at 1:09 PM, ping song <songpingemail at> wrote:
> less is so handy/quick...a swiss knife of file viewing.
> amount the so many features, there are 2 of them I use the most:
> search across multiple file : esc-/
> show only the matched lines: &
> but a lot of time I want to do both at the same time: search across
> multiples files and show me only the matched lines...
> is that really not supported?

Why can you not do this with grep and less?

grep "some string" file1 file2 file3 ... | less

for example:

grep "plugin" * | less

(FYI, this was run against the contents of /usr/share/checkbox/jobs/) user-interact-verify == 'gir1.2-gst-plugins-base-0.10' or == 'gir1.2-gst-plugins-base-1.0' local plugin: shell shell shell shell shell shell shell

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