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Whenever I type ls I can barely see the output of the directory because it scrolls by too quickly. How can I actually read the output?
To prevent the output of ls from scrolling by too quickly, pipe the output to a pager, such as less or more. The results will be similar to the DOS command dir somedirectory /p, because you'll see the output one screen, or "page" at at time.
To read the contents of /etc with less, type the following command at the shell prompt:
ls -al /etc | less
To move forward a screen, press
You can achieve the same results with more, another pager.
You can also print the directory by piping the output to a printer in the same way that you piped the output to your screen. If you've configured a printer, type the following to pipe the output of a command to the printer:
ls -al /etc | lpr