I asked on Superuser about colors for git log in MobaXterm (on Windows), but it turned out that the problem wasn't MobaXterm—it's the lack of a -R flag in busybox's less.

It would help my workflow greatly if I could see colors in the output of git's usual commands—git log, git diff, etc.

My terminal itself is capable of colors, as I verified by setting git config color.ui always and running git log | cat. However I can't use cat as my pager, for obvious reasons.

Is there an alternative to less -R that works on busybox? Or some other pager I could install and use with git for color capabilities?

  • If all else fails, I'm actually considering installing vagrant and running a virtual box...which of course would be complete overkill just for a colored pager! (Though it does have other advantages.)
    – Wildcard
    Nov 17, 2015 at 4:43
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    can you install GNU less on your windows box? or whatever it is you're using MobaXterm to connect to.
    – cas
    Nov 17, 2015 at 4:48
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    Boy did that make me feel silly :) type less returned less is aliased to '/bin/busybox.exe less'. Running apt-get install less handled it.
    – Wildcard
    Nov 17, 2015 at 4:56

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Try installing GNU less on your Windows box. That should fix it.

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