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     pg - files perusal filter for CRTs

     pg [-number] [-p string] [-cefnrs] [ + linenumber] [ +/ pat-
     tern /] [filename...]

     The pg command is a filter that allows  the  examination  of
     filenames  one  screenful  at  a  time on a CRT. If the user
     types a RETURN, another page is displayed; other  possibili-
     ties are listed below.

     This command is different from previous paginators  in  that
     it  allows  you  to  back  up  and review something that has
     already passed. The  method  for  doing  this  is  explained

     To determine terminal attributes, pg scans  the  terminfo(4)
     data base for the terminal type specified by the environment
     variable TERM. If TERM is not  defined,  the  terminal  type
     dumb is assumed.

     -number         An integer specifying the size (in lines) of
                     the  window that pg is to use instead of the
                     default. (On a terminal containing 24 lines,
                     the default window size is 23).

     -p string       pg uses string as the prompt. If the  prompt
                     string  contains  a %d, the first occurrence
                     of %d in the prompt will be replaced by  the
                     current  page  number  when  the  prompt  is
                     issued. The default prompt string is ``:''.

     -c              Home the cursor and clear the screen  before
                     displaying each page. This option is ignored
                     if clear_screen is not defined for this ter-
                     minal type in the terminfo(4) data base.

     -e              pg does not pause at the end of each file.

     -f              Normally, pg splits lines  longer  than  the
                     screen   width,   but   some   sequences  of
                     characters in the text being displayed  (for
                     instance,  escape sequences for underlining)
                     generate undesirable results. The -f  option
                     inhibits pg from splitting lines.

     -n              Normally, commands must be terminated  by  a
                     <newline>  character.  This option causes an
                     automatic end of command as soon as  a  com-
                     mand letter is entered.

     -r              Restricted mode. The shell escape is  disal-
                     lowed.  pg  prints an error message but does
                     not exit.

     -s              pg prints all messages and  prompts  in  the
                     standard   output   mode   (usually  inverse

     +linenumber     Start up at linenumber.

     +/pattern/      Start up at the first  line  containing  the
                     regular expression pattern.

     The following operands are supported:

     filename        A path name of a text file to be  displayed.
                     If  no filename is given, or if it is -, the
                     standard input is read.

     The responses that may  be  typed  when  pg  pauses  can  be
     divided   into   three  categories:  those  causing  further
     perusal, those  that  search,  and  those  that  modify  the
     perusal environment.

     Commands that cause further perusal normally take a  preced-
     ing  address,  an  optionally  signed  number indicating the
     point from which further  text  should  be  displayed.  This
     address is interpreted in either pages or lines depending on
     the command. A signed address specifies a point relative  to
     the  current page or line, and an unsigned address specifies
     an address relative to the beginning of the file. Each  com-
     mand has a default address that is used if none is provided.

     The perusal commands and their defaults are as follows:

     (+1)<newline> or <blank>This   causes   one   page   to   be
                             displayed.  The address is specified
                             in pages.

     (+1) l                  With a relative address this  causes
                             pg to simulate scrolling the screen,
                             forward or backward, the  number  of
                             lines  specified.   With an absolute
                             address  this   command   prints   a
                             screenful beginning at the specified

     (+1) d or ^D            Simulates scrolling  half  a  screen
                             forward or backward.

     if                      Skip i screens of text.

     iz                      Same as <newline> except that i,  if
                             present,  becomes  the  new  default
                             number of lines per screenful.

     The following perusal commands take no address.

     . or ^L         Typing a single period  causes  the  current
                     page of text to be redisplayed.

     $               Displays the last windowful in the file. Use
                     with caution when the input is a pipe.

     The following commands are available for searching for  text
     patterns  in the text. The regular expressions are described
     on the regex(5) manual page. They must always be  terminated
     by a <newline>, even if the -n option is specified.

     i/pattern/      Search forward for  the  ith  (default  i=1)
                     occurrence   of  pattern.  Searching  begins
                     immediately after the current page and  con-
                     tinues  to  the  end  of  the  current file,
                     without wrap-around.


     i?pattern?      Search backwards for the ith  (default  i=1)
                     occurrence   of  pattern.  Searching  begins
                     immediately before the current page and con-
                     tinues to the beginning of the current file,
                     without wrap-around. The ^ notation is  use-
                     ful  for  Adds  100 terminals which will not
                     properly handle the ?.

     After searching, pg will normally display the line found  at
     the  top  of the screen. This can be modified by appending m
     or b to the search command to leave the line  found  in  the
     middle  or at the bottom of the window from now on. The suf-
     fix t can be used to restore the original situation.

     The user of pg can modify the environment  of  perusal  with
     the following commands:

     in              Begin perusing the ith next file in the com-
                     mand  line.  The  i  is  an unsigned number,
                     default value is 1.

     ip              Begin perusing the ith previous file in  the
                     command  line.  i  is  an  unsigned  number,
                     default is 1.

     iw              Display another window  of  text.  If  i  is
                     present, set the window size to i.

     s filename      Save the input in the named file.  Only  the
                     current  file  being  perused  is saved. The
                     white space between the s  and  filename  is
                     optional.  This  command must always be ter-
                     minated by  a  <newline>,  even  if  the  -n
                     option is specified.

     h               Help by displaying an abbreviated summary of
                     available commands.

     q or Q          Quit pg.

     !command        Command is passed to the shell,  whose  name
                     is  taken  from  the SHELL environment vari-
                     able. If this is not available, the  default
                     shell  is  used. This command must always be
                     terminated by a <newline>, even  if  the  -n
                     option is specified.

     At any time when output is being sent to the  terminal,  the
     user can hit the quit key (normally CTRL-\) or the interrupt
     (break) key. This causes pg  to  stop  sending  output,  and
     display the prompt. The user may then enter one of the above
     commands in the normal manner. Unfortunately, some output is
     lost  when  this  is done, because any characters waiting in
     the terminal's output queue are flushed when the quit signal

     If the standard output is not a terminal, then pg acts  just
     like  cat(1),  except  that  a header is printed before each
     file (if there is more than one).

  Large File Behavior
     See largefile(5) for the description of the behavior  of  pg
     when encountering files greater than or equal to 2 Gbyte ( 2
    **31 bytes).

     Example 1: An example of the pg command.

     The following command line uses pg to read the system news:

          example% news | pg -p "(Page %d):"

     See environ(5) for descriptions of the following environment
     variables   that  affect  the  execution  of  pg:  LC_CTYPE,

     The following environment variables affect the execution  of

     COLUMNS         Determine the  horizontal  screen  size.  If
                     unset or NULL, use the value of TERM,    the
                     window size, baud rate, or some  combination
                     of  these, to indicate the terminal type for
                     the screen size calculation.

     LINES           Determine  the  number  of   lines   to   be
                     displayed  on  the screen. If unset or NULL,
                     use the value of TERM,    the  window  size,
                     baud  rate, or some combination of these, to
                     indicate the terminal type  for  the  screen
                     size calculation.

     SHELL           Determine the name  of  the  command  inter-
                     preter executed for a !command.

     TERM            Determine  terminal  attributes.  Optionally
                     attempt  to  search a system-dependent data-
                     base,  keyed  on  the  value  of  the   TERM
                     environment  variable.  If no information is
                     available, a terminal incapable  of  cursor-
                     addressable movement is assumed.

     The following exit values are returned:

     0        Successful completion.

     >0       An error occurred.


     /tmp/pg*                        temporary file when input is
                                     from a pipe

     /usr/share/lib/terminfo/?/*     terminal  information  data-

     See attributes(5) for descriptions of the  following  attri-

    |       ATTRIBUTE TYPE        |       ATTRIBUTE VALUE       |
    | Availability                | SUNWcsu                     |
    | CSI                         | enabled                     |

     cat(1),  grep(1),   more(1),   terminfo(4),   attributes(5),
     environ(5), largefile(5), regex(5)

     While waiting for terminal  input,  pg  responds  to  BREAK,
     CTRL-C,   and   CTRL-\  by  terminating  execution.  Between
     prompts, however, these signals interrupt pg's current  task
     and place the user in prompt mode. These should be used with
     caution when input is being  read  from  a  pipe,  since  an
     interrupt  is  likely to terminate the other commands in the

     The terminal /, ^, or ? may be omitted  from  the  searching

     If terminal tabs are not set every eight positions, undesir-
     able results may occur.

     When using pg as a filter with another command that  changes
     the  terminal  I/O  options,  terminal  settings  may not be
     restored correctly.

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