% VIMPAGER(1) vimpager user manual % Rafael Kitover email@example.com % August 4, 2014
vimpager - less.sh replacement
vimpager 'some file'
# or (this won't always syntax highlight as well)
cat 'some file' | vimpager
- sharutils or some uudecode (optional)
- sharutils or some uuencode
git clone git://github.com/rkitover/vimpager cd vimpager sudo make install
In your ~/.bashrc add the following:
export PAGER=/usr/local/bin/vimpager alias less=$PAGER alias zless=$PAGER
A slightly more sophisticated replacement for less.sh that also supports being set as the PAGER environment variable. Displays man pages, perldocs and python documentation properly. Works on Linux, Solaris, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, OSX, Cygwin and msys. Should work on most other systems as well.
On GitHub: http://github.com/rkitover/vimpager
To use a different vimrc with vimpager, put your settings into a ~/.vimpagerrc or ~/.vim/vimpagerrc or a file pointed to by the VIMPAGER_RC environment variable.
You can also have a global config file for all users in /etc/vimpagerrc, users can override it by creating a ~/.vimpagerrc or a ~/.vim/vimpagerrc.
To disable loading plugins, put "set noloadplugins" into a vimpagerrc file.
You can also switch on the "vimpager" variable in your vimrc to set alternate settings for vimpager.
Put the following into your .vimrc/vimpagerrc if you want to use gvim/MacVim for your pager window:
let vimpager_use_gvim = 1
To turn off the feature of passing through text that is smaller than the terminal height use this:
let vimpager_passthrough = 0
See "PASSTHROUGH MODE" further down.
To start vim with -X (no x11 connection, a bit faster startup) put the following into your .vimrc/vimpagerrc:
let vimpager_disable_x11 = 1
The scroll offset (:help scrolloff), may be specified by placing the following into your .vimrc/vimpagerrc (default = 5, disable = 0):
let vimpager_scrolloff = 5
The process tree of vimpager is available in the "vimpager_ptree" variable, an example usage is as follows:
if exists("vimpager") if exists("vimpager_ptree") && vimpager_ptree[-2] == 'wman' set ft=man endif endif
To disable the use of AnsiEsc.vim to display ANSI colors in the source, set:
let vimpager_disable_ansiesc = 1
see the section "ANSI ESCAPE SEQUENCES AND OVERSTRIKES" for more details.
COMMAND LINE OPTIONS
+ | +G
Start at the end of the file, just like less.
Run a vim command after opening the file. Multiple -c arguments are supported.
Run a vim command when entering vim before anything else. Multiple --cmd arguments are supported.
Use alternate .vimrc or .vimpagerrc.
ANSI ESCAPE SEQUENCES AND OVERSTRIKES
If your source is using ANSI escape codes, the AnsiEsc plugin will be used to show them, rather than the normal vim highlighting, however read the caveats below. If this is not possible, they will be stripped out and normal vim highlighting will be used instead.
Overstrikes such as in man pages will always be removed.
vimpager bundles the AnsiEsc plugin (it is expanded at runtime, there is nothing you have to do to enable it.)
However, your vim must have been compiled with the 'conceal' feature enabled. To check, try
if the result is '1' you have conceal, if it's '0' you do not, and the AnsiEsc plugin will not be enabled.
If you're on a Mac, the system vim does not enable this feature, install vim from Homebrew.
To disable the use of AnsiEsc.vim, set:
let vimpager_disable_ansiesc = 1
in your .vimrc.
If the text sent to the pager is smaller than the terminal window, then it will be displayed without vim as text. If it has ansi codes, they will be preserved, otherwise the text will be highlighted with vimcat.
You can turn this off by putting
let vimpager_enable_passthrough = 0
Passthrough mode requires a POSIX shell with arithmetic expansion, if there is one on your system and it is not detected please submit an issue with the path and your OS version.
vimpager works correctly with the native Windows gvim, just put it in your PATH and set the vimpager_use_gvim option as described above.