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How can I scroll in bash using only the keyboard? If it's not possible in bash, are there any other shells that support this?

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This is not a feature of the shell, it's a feature of the terminal emulator. See What is the exact difference between a 'terminal', a 'shell', a 'tty' and a 'console'? What terminal are you using? –  Gilles Jan 5 '13 at 17:22
It's kind of sad that four people considered this question good enough to spend a few minutes on an answer but no one bothered to vote it up. –  Marco Jan 5 '13 at 19:15
@Marco I suppose there is a difference between seeing a question as "good", and seeing an opportunity to earn some rep (or maybe even a new hat). –  jordanm Jan 5 '13 at 20:42
@jordanm Sadly, hats ended yesterday –  Michael Mrozek Jan 5 '13 at 21:40
@MichaelMrozek That was a short "Winter". –  jordanm Jan 6 '13 at 1:54

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In terminal (not graphic emulator like gterm) works Shift+PageUp or Shift+PageDown

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I just tried this in the latest version of PuTTY (b0.62) and it works. Just for the reference. Cheers. –  Mario Awad Jan 8 '13 at 21:55
Shift+Uparrow and shift+Downarrow also work for line at a time scrolling. –  Joe Jan 13 '13 at 7:03

This depends on your terminal emulator, not the shell you are using. I personally use GNU Screen. From the description:

Screen is a full-screen window manager that multiplexes a physical terminal between several processes, typically interactive shells.

You can use C-a [ to enter scrollback mode. From here, you can scroll with the keyboard and even copy and paste. The mode can be exited from by using the Esc key.

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i use the default terminal in ubuntu 14 (bash) and to scroll by page it is SHIFT + PAGEUP or SHIFT + PAGEDOWN to go up/down a whole page or CONTROL + SHIFT + UP or CONTROL + SHIFT + DOWN to go up/down by line.

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Nice CTRL+SHIFT+UP, just like SHIFT+UP in Cygwin. –  Jaime Hablutzel May 5 at 23:41

In most terminals that I known you can use Shift+PageUp and Shift-DownDown for scrolling. Note that some terminals don't support scrolling, or others use a very limited history buffer. In the latter case, you may want to increase the limit.

As an alternative, use a pager, for example less.

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fn + up_arrow: page up
fn + down_arrow: page down
cmd + up_arrow: line up
cmd + down_arrow: line down
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This adds nothing, appears to be mac specific (which would not be a bad thing if properly marked as such), and does not apply to bash but to the terminal emulator (which would be useful if we knew what it was). –  hildred Aug 8 at 15:51
I have no key marked fn, nor one marked cmd. –  Anthon Aug 8 at 17:32

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