Read info(1) pages using 'less' instead of GNU Texinfo

info gpg |less
I like man pages, and I like using `less(1)` as my pager. However, most GNU software keeps the manual in the 'GNU Texinfo' format, and I'm not a fan of the info(1) interface. Just give me less. This command will print out the info(1) pages, using the familiar interface of less!
Sample Output
File: *manpages*,  Node: gpg,  Up: (dir)

GPG(1)                         GNU Privacy Guard                        GPG(1)

NAME
       gpg - OpenPGP encryption and signing tool
...
...
...
: (The happy 'less' prompt!)

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2010-07-01 23:44:15

What Others Think

you can add "export MANPAGER='less'" to your ~/.bashrc and it will show the man pages with less!
mrwill · 432 weeks and 4 days ago
@mrwill : 'man' will also obey the PAGER variable. $ export PAGER=less I like this better. PAGER is more universal then MANPAGER, which means that you'll be using 'less' in more places. MY preference is to use the same pager everywhere, and I don't usually want one pager for Man pages, another for Logfiles and yet another for Info pages. However, my big beef is with the formatting of the info(1) pages. I can never remember the navigation commands, but I can navigate fine using 'less'.
StefanLasiewski · 432 weeks and 4 days ago

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