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Nice way to view source code

Terminal - Nice way to view source code
over myscript.sh
2009-03-13 06:13:21
User: haivu
Nice way to view source code

over works like 'more' or 'less', but it pretty print the source code


There are 3 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
show_code() { pygmentize $1 | less -N }
2012-05-12 09:18:33
User: Flow
Functions: less

Uses pygments ( http://pygments.org/ ) to highlight the source code and a less pipe to scroll and show line numbers of the code.

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I'm having trouble finding this command. It's not on my system or a package in my repository (Gentoo), and I haven't yet found any relevant google results (looking at more, less, over). Where did you get it?

Comment by dfego 319 weeks and 2 days ago

this is part of enscript.

Comment by chickenkiller 319 weeks and 2 days ago

yum install enscript


apt-get install enscript

Comment by flatcap 319 weeks and 2 days ago

why not just just use vim?

Comment by kba 319 weeks and 2 days ago

vim is another way to do it, but I am saying that it is not the only way.

Comment by haivu 319 weeks and 1 day ago

Pretty prints, but doesn't do colored syntax highlighting.

Comment by atoponce 319 weeks and 1 day ago

atoponce : you say that like it's bad thing

Comment by maht 319 weeks ago

@maht well, wouldn't colored syntax highlighting be nice?

Comment by atoponce 318 weeks and 6 days ago

Your point of view

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