Is there any way to quickly scroll through text-heavy output in Terminal such as
man pages ? Using the up and down arrows only move the screen one line at a time; is there any way to scroll faster?
If I understood you correctly, you want to skim through manual pages more efficiently.
less as its pager. In
less, you can use:
- Space or f or Control ⌃-f to advance one page
- d or Control ⌃-d to advance half a page
- b or Control ⌃-b to go back one page
- u or Control ⌃-u to go back half a page
You can get the full list of
less keyboard commands in its manual page. If you don't like the default pager, you can set
PAGER environment variables to specify a different program for controlling the pagination of man pages that are longer than one screen.
You can open man pages in a single, scrollable window from Terminal's Help menu. Just type the command into the search field in the Help menu, then click the command in the search results to open its man page. It may occasionally take a few seconds for the command to appear in the search results.
You can also find most man pages online, with Apple-specific man pages found on apple's developer library. I generally google with
apple man [command] replacing
[command] with the actual command. One nice thing about this method is you can easily bookmark man pages you use frequently.