I'm sure there used to be an option in less which allowed you to page onto the next file after you reached the end of the current file, so you could just keep *space*ing through a bunch of short files without having to keep :ning to get to the next one.

Could someone remind me what it is?

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    You might find cat file1 file2 |less or tail -n +1 file1 file2 |less useful. Jul 13, 2011 at 22:17
  • I second the question to the downvoter. I can guess someone had thought that the -e option was obvious, but looking at the manpage, I can't agree with that. Nov 23, 2011 at 23:35
  • It's not worth worrying about @rozcietrzewiacz some people do just downvote for no apparent reason.
    – Mark Booth
    Nov 24, 2011 at 14:28
  • Thanks for the tag correction @Gilles, paging refers to virtual memory.
    – Mark Booth
    Nov 24, 2011 at 14:30

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You might try the -e option.

  • Ah, thanks, so what I remembered was a side effect of the --quit-at-eof option rather than being an option in it's own right.
    – Mark Booth
    Jul 13, 2011 at 14:32

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