paginate display on terminals
pg [ -number ]
[ -p string ]
[ -cefns ]
[ +linenumber ]
[ +/pattern/ ]
[ file ... ]
pg is a filter which allows the examination
of files one screenful at a time on a terminal. (The dash
(-) command line option and/or NULL arguments indicate
that pg should read from the standard input.) Each
screenful is followed by a prompt. If you press the <Return> key,
another page is displayed; other possibilities are listed below.
This command is different from previous paginators because it allows
you to back up and review something that has already passed.
To determine terminal attributes, pg scans the
database for the terminal type specified by the environment variable
TERM. If TERM is not defined, the terminal type
dumb is assumed.
The command line options are:
The responses that may be entered when pg pauses can be
divided into three categories: those that cause further perusal,
those that search, and those that modify the perusal environment.
Specifies 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.)
Causes pg to use 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 a colon (:).
Homes the cursor and clears the screen before displaying each page.
This option is ignored if cl (clear screen) is not defined
for this terminal type in the termcap database.
Causes pg not to pause at the end of each file.
Inhibits pg from splitting lines. In the absence of the
-f option, pg splits lines longer than the
screen width, but some sequences of characters in the displayed text
(for example, escape sequences for underlining) give undesirable
Normally, commands must be terminated by pressing the <Return> key
(ASCII newline character). This option causes an automatic
end of command as soon as a command letter is entered.
Causes pg to display all messages and prompts in standout
mode (usually inverse video).
Starts up at linenumber.
Starts up at the first line containing the regular expression
Commands which cause further perusal normally take a preceding
address (an optionally signed number indicating the point
from which further text should be displayed). pg
interprets this address 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 command has a default address if no address is
The perusal commands and their defaults are as follows:
The following perusal commands take no address:
(+1) <Return> or <Space>
Causes one page to be displayed. The address is specified
With a signed address, causes pg to simulate
scrolling the screen, forward or backward, the number of lines
specified. With an unsigned address this command displays
a full screen of text beginning at the specified line.
(+1) d or <Ctrl>d
Simulates scrolling half a screen forward or backward.
The following commands are available for searching for text patterns
in the text. The regular expressions described in
are available. They must always be terminated by a newline
character, even if the -n option is specified.
. or <Ctrl>l
Causes the current page of text to be redisplayed.
Displays the last screen of text in the file. Use with caution when
the input is a pipe.
Search forward for the ith (default i=1)
occurrence of pattern. Searching begins immediately after
the current page and continues to the end of the current file,
After searching, pg displays the line found at the top of
the screen. You can modify this 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. Use the suffix
t to restore the original situation.
Search backwards for the ith (default i=1)
occurrence of pattern. Searching begins immediately before
the current page and continues to the beginning of the current file,
without wrap-around. The caret (^) notation is useful for terminals
which will not properly handle the question mark (?).
The following commands modify the environment of perusal:
At any time when output is being sent to the terminal, the user can
press the QUIT key (normally <Ctrl>\) or the
INTERRUPT key (normally <Break>). 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
Begins perusing the ith next file in the command line. The
default value of i is 1.
Begins perusing the ith previous file in the command
default value of i is 1.
Displays another window of text. If i is present, set the
window size to i.
Saves 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
terminated by a newline character, even if the -n option
Help displays abbreviated summary of available commands.
q or Q
command is passed to the shell, whose name is taken from
the SHELL environment variable. If this is not available,
the default shell is used. This command must always be terminated by
a newline character, even if the -n option is specified.
If the standard output is not a terminal, then pg acts
except that a header is printed before each file (if there is more
To use pg to read system news, enter:
news | pg -p "(Page %d):"
If terminal tabs are not set every eight positions, undesirable
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.
While waiting for terminal input, pg responds to
<Ctrl><Break> and <Del> by terminating execution. Between prompts,
however, these signals interrupt pg's current task and
place you in prompt mode. Use these signals with caution when input
is being read from a pipe, since an interrupt is likely to terminate
the other commands in the pipeline.
The z and f commands used with
are available, and the terminal slash (/), caret (^), or question
mark (?) may be omitted from the searching commands.
terminal information database
temporary file when input is from a pipe
Open UNIX 8 compatibility notes
When running ACP on Open UNIX 8 and UnixWare 7 systems,
set OSRCMDS=on to use
the SCO OpenServer version of the <pg> command.
This provides the expected behaviors
for SCO OpenServer applications.
The SCO OpenServer version of this command
is also provided on Open UNIX 8 systems under the OSP feature
Running SCO OpenServer Applications
topic in the Open UNIX 8 documentation set.
pg is conformant with:
AT&T SVID Issue 2;
X/Open CAE Specification, Commands and Utilities, Issue 4, 1992: note that this command is marked as to be
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