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Bug 79921 - Using 'cat' as DECOMPRESSOR is a bad idea
Summary: Using 'cat' as DECOMPRESSOR is a bad idea
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Raw Hide
Classification: Retired
Component: less
Version: 1.0
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Karsten Hopp
QA Contact: Mike McLean
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2002-12-18 02:07 UTC by Enrico Scholz
Modified: 2007-04-18 16:49 UTC (History)
0 users

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2002-12-18 11:04:03 UTC

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Description Enrico Scholz 2002-12-18 02:07:19 UTC
Description of problem:

Current  /usr/bin/ contains a default case of

|  *)
|        case "$1" in
|                ...
|                *)      DECOMPRESSOR="cat" ;;
|        esac

This breaks a lot of less's functions. E.g. the 'v' key does not work anymore,
or the 'F' key does not display new data. I suggest to remove this line and/or
unset the DECOMPRESSOR instead of.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):


How reproducible:


Steps to Reproduce:
1. less /var/log/messages
2. Press 'v'
3. Press 'F'

Actual results:

at 2: "Cannot edit file processed with LESSOPEN  (press RETURN)" message
at 3: New data will not be displayed

Expected results:

at 2: $EDITOR with will be opened
at 3: New data will be displayed

Comment 1 Karsten Hopp 2002-12-18 11:04:03 UTC
Fixed in -3. 

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