Is it possible to enable "wrap around" in less for the search? This means: If the last occurrence of a pattern has been found, pressing n will start the search again at the beginning of the file (so you do not have to press g and then n).


Probably not: the manual page for less does not mention wrapping, and the description of the search feature does not hint it is possible.

  • So if I am in the middle of a file, there is no way to be sure that pattern doesn't occur anywhere other than typing /pattern and n and N or g and n? – wolf-revo-cats Jan 17 '16 at 11:50
  • That's all the manpage gives you. – Thomas Dickey Jan 17 '16 at 12:01
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    ggn is easily typed, basically, return to top, next... – lornix Jan 17 '16 at 21:07
  • It might be, but does nothing more than go to the top and search from the top, which was what OP wished to avoid. – Thomas Dickey Jan 17 '16 at 21:14

As a workaround, you can redefine the forward/backward search key mappings to jump to the begin/end of the file and then search.

Add these to the $HOME/.lesskey file:

\eB back-search
\eF forw-search
/ noaction gg\eF
? noaction G\eB

Compile it with lesskey.

See man lesskey for default key mappings and actions.

Tested in version 530.

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