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Add syntax highlighting to “less”

This entry is based on this post: Redirecting wget to STDOUT – now with Syntax Highlighting.

Less is a program similar to more, but it allows backward movement in the file as well as forward movement. Example:

cat big_text_file.txt | less

If you have vim installed, it comes with a script called less.sh that acts as a replacement of less providing syntax highlighting. Here is how to use it:

$ locate less.sh
$ sudo ln -s /usr/share/vim/vim73/macros/less.sh /usr/bin/vless
$ curl http://www.python.org | vless
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