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Less is a free, open-source file pager. It can be found on most versions of Linux, Unix and Mac OS, as well as on many other operating systems.


Releases

The current released version is less-458. It was released for general use on 24 Apr 2013.

less-466 was released for beta testing on 23 Aug 2014.

News


23 Aug 2014 less-466 has been released for beta testing.
You can download it here.
The release notes are here.
24 Apr 2013 less-458 has been released for general use.
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The release notes are here.
4 Apr 2013 less-458 is available for BETA testing.
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This version fixes a minor display bug which could occur when using the up/down arrow on the command line.
9 Dec 2012 less-457 is available for BETA testing.
You can download it here.
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This version completely reverts option string parsing, to avoid incompatibilities with previous versions of less. The new option string syntax is available if and only if the new --use-backslash option appears first.
8 Nov 2012 less-456 is available for BETA testing.
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The release notes are here.
This version changes option string parsing to avoid unnecessary incompatibility with previous versions of less.
4 Nov 2012 less-455 is available for BETA testing.
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This version fixes bugs in less-451, and fixes minor bugs found in less-453 and less-454.
4 Sep 2012 less-451 has been released for general use.
21 Jul 2012 less-451 has been released for BETA testing.
You can download it here.
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This version fixes one typo that affects the MS-DOS (Windows) build. For non-MS-DOS builds, less-451 is identical to less-450.
15 Jul 2012 less-450 has been released for BETA testing.
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This version fixes a few bugs found in less-449.
26 Jun 2012 less-449 has been released for BETA testing.
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If you find any problems, please report them to bug-less@gnu.org.
9 Jun 2011 less-444 has been released for general use.
This release fixes two bugs found in less-443.
10 Apr 2011 less-443 has been released for general use.
28 Feb 2011 less-441 is available for BETA testing.

less-441 changes the search behavior so that the new -A option introduced in less-440 is now the default. The -A option now changes the behavior to the old, pre-440, behavior.

5 Jan 2011 less-440 is available for BETA testing.

less-440 fixes a bug in less-438 and, at the risk of some feature creep, adds one much requested feature. The -A option changes search behavior so that an initial search includes the entire displayed screen and does not skip the first line as is currently done. Non-initial searches (for example, the "n" command) continue to skip the first (target) line to allow searches to proceed past the current screen.

31 Dec 2010 less-438 is available for BETA testing.
25 Jul 2009 less-436 has been released for general use.