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How can I make less show the previous couple of lines when I search for something? I'd like to get rid of the kkk steps in my usual process:

  • /keyword
  • kkk
  • (read)
  • n
  • kkk
  • (read)
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$ less -j 4 file

That will put the pattern you searched for on line 4 of the terminal.

To save typing this every time, you can put LESS=j4 into your environment.

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