using Less commands

Ed Thurston thurston at
Wed Jan 28 09:22:40 EST 2004

Hello Janina,

Thank you for  replying to my querry concerning means of reading  long
files.  However, I probably asked the wrong question.  Now that the Linux
operating system is working  so well, when are user friendly  application
programs going to be available?  In particular a good word processing
program and a more user friendly spreadsheet program.  

Linux is making  significant inroads into third world and other countries
and  with such open source or freeware application programs becoming
available would  dramatically speed up the spread of the operating  system.

Many thanks,


At 09:06 AM 1/27/2004 -0500, you wrote:
>Or vim, which also supports all kinds of good things like bookmarks.
>Steve Holmes writes:
>> From: Steve Holmes <steve at>
>> It sounds like you might benefit from using emacs.  Yes, it is a
>> powerful and that often means complex, editor but you can bookmark
>> your positions in multiple places and save them from one session to
>> the next.  Its a bit much to try and explain here but if you get into
>> the info pages for emacs and look at the section on registers, you
>> will find it.  It works on read-only situations like info pages as
>> well as files being edited.
>> I know nothing about joe editor.
>> On Mon, Jan 26, 2004 at 08:59:45PM -0500, Ed Thurston wrote:
>> > 
>> > 
>> > 
>> > Hello Steve,
>> > 
>> > you were  right on the money!  It worked  fine that way and
unfortunately I
>> > learned by  trying it out that the  mark is not saved after the  computer
>> > reboots, so will probably just use an editor like Joe to  read long files
>> > and  just insert  symbols in the text at the point where I  would
want to
>> > resume reading at a later date.  I could use the find  command to find
>> > symbol. 
>> > 
>> > Many thanks for  your assistance with this  problem.  
>> > 
>> > Do you know if there is any way to  get Joe to read more than a page at a
>> > time.  This would  greatly speed up reading long documents.
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