When viewing a long file in Terminal with
man, which uses
less internally), I can use two-finger gesture to scroll up and down the file; it's great. But
less on OS X has an annoying problem: When I quit, it resets the screen back to what it looked like before I started
% date Sun 30 Oct 2016 16:18:23 CET % man less % (hmm... where did my output go?)
When I quit I want to see the next prompt appear below the last screenful I was viewing in
less. I can achieve this by using
less -X or setting
LESS=-X, which suppresses the terminal initialization sequences. Unfortunately,
-X also turns off the mouse-scrolling feature. Is there a way to suppress the screen clearing but still be able to scroll with the trackpad?
As I understand it, this would require using a different set of
terminfo settings. I cannot make heads or tails of the whole
terminfo infrastructure. Does anyone have a solution? I'm on El Capitan, in case it makes any difference.