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Displaying Command Output


If the command output is longer than the screen length, it appears one screen at a time by means of a UNIX more-type interface. The prompt ---MORE--- indicates that more output is available. (See Figure 7.)

Figure 7: The MORE Prompt
The MORE Prompt

To continue command output:

  • Press Enter.

Occasionally, if a command produces extensive output, you may wish to cancel the output.

To cancel command output:

  • Press q. Command output stops, and the command prompt appears.

Table 3 lists common keyboard sequences you can use at the ---(more)--- prompt.

Table 3: MORE Prompt Keyboard Sequences



Keyboard Sequence

Scroll down

Scroll down one line.

e, Ctrl+e, j, Ctrl+n, Enter, down arrow


Scroll down one-half screen.

d, Ctrl+d


Scroll down one whole screen.

f, Ctrl+f, Ctrl+v, z, Space


Scroll down to the bottom of the output and wait for more input. (To resume output, press Ctrl-C.)



Jump to last line in output and exit to the CLI prompt.


Scroll up

Display the previous line of output.

y, Ctrl+y, k, Ctrl+k, Ctrl+p, up arrow

Scroll up one-half screen.

u, Ctrl+u

Scroll up one whole screen.

b, Ctrl+b, Esc+v, w

Jump to the first line of the output.


Scroll up and down

Scroll up and down through the output.

To exit this mode, press q.

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