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I work on Fedora 17 entirely in CLI (or TUI) and I do not have a mouse. If I output something that is long I cannot scroll the lines.

I tried Ctr+Up, Ctr+Shift+Up, Ctrl+A as some sites suggest but none let me scroll the terminal.

Is there a universal way to let me scroll the terminal line by line?

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Usually it is Shift+Page Up to scroll up and Shift+Page Down to scroll down.

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Unless you switch desktops (VTs). Switching desktops clears the scrollback and it might seem like these keys have no effect. – Alexios Jun 28 '12 at 19:02
I'm running Fedora on VMWare on Macbook Pro which doesn't have page up or down key. The track pad doesn't scroll either. I also tried the fn key but no luck. – KMC Jun 30 '12 at 7:30
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After trying various combination, it is fn + Shift + Up that works for me.

Environment: running Fedora 17 CLI/TUI on VMWare Fusion 3 on OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard.

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As you said that you don't have a "Page up" key and considering that "fn + arrow up" corresponds to "Page up" on a Mac I think you made an error in your answer. Should it not be "shift + fn + up"? – Matteo Jul 18 '12 at 6:45
thanks @Matteo you are correct. Answers amended. Is Up, not Page-up – KMC Jul 18 '12 at 6:47

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