Is there a way to open less and have it scroll to the end of the file? I'm always doing less app.log and then pressing G to go to the bottom.

I'm hoping there's something like less --end or less -exec 'G'.


less +G app.log

+ will run an initial command when the file is opened

G jumps to the end

When multiple files are in play, ++ applies commands to every file being viewed. Not just the first one. For example, less ++G app1.log app2.log.

  • According to @Dfaure below, the option must start with ++ in order to apply to every file being viewed. Jul 25 '19 at 12:42
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    @DanielAlfredoSottile Good point, I misread it before. The answer has been edited to include ++.
    – Miles
    Jul 25 '19 at 18:33
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    Mnenomonic: G stands for GOOOOOOOO
    – Ray Foss
    Apr 10 '20 at 17:34
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    Great, this also works for my use case: Go to the first line that says "abc": less +/"abc"
    – Torsten
    May 13 '20 at 13:00
  • Works great for my ohmyz.sh alias hist="omz_history -E | less -i +G". With this you get a command line history with human readable timestamps -E and less being scrolled to the bottom thanks to +G with the youngest entries, and can then scroll up with the arrow keys or search case insensitive right away thanks to -i.
    – porg
    Jan 26 at 15:29
less +F filename

will go to the end and tail the file.

From less man page:

F Scroll forward, and keep trying to read when the end of file is reached. Normally this command would be used when already at the end of the file. It is a way to monitor the tail of a file which is growing while it is being viewed. (The behavior is similar to the "tail -f" command.)

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    It won't "tail" the file. It will follow it. Tail is often used with a similar option (tail -f) which also means follow, but that's not the main purpose of tail. May 22 '20 at 18:51

From the less man page:

If a command line option begins with +, the remainder of that option is taken to be an initial command to less. For example, +G tells less to start at the end of the file rather than the beginning, and +/xyz tells it to start at the first occurrence of "xyz" in the file. As a special case, + acts like +g; that is, it starts the display at the specified line number (however, see the caveat under the "g" command above). If the option starts with ++, the initial command applies to every file being viewed, not just the first one. The + command described previously may also be used to set (or change) an initial command for every file.

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