Pager for `--help`
The help message by
--help is getting longer and longer, and it often exceeds usual terminal windows.
How about to show the message via pager when running on a tty?
And although the message is sectioned, they are less remarkable in the long text, and should be highlighted more, like as the attached screenshot for example.
Updated by shevegen (Robert A. Heiler) 2 months ago
I think the basic idea for the suggestion is fine.
There may be cases where the ruby user may prefer to not use (or depend) on a page
and may be fine with a long message output from --help. This may also depend on
the terminal and shell in use.
For example, I typically use bash + KDE konsole, and I rarely use any pagers at
all (very rarely I pipe towards "more" but I actually try to work in a way so
that I don't need any pager; I am more inclined to write some ruby script that
does re-format any output I may see).
On the other hand, when I use e. g. xterm, and say, perhaps the fish shell,
I may need to use a pager more often, simply because configuring (and using)
xterm is ... not so convenient.
So I think the gist of what I am trying to say is that it may be best to allow
the user to toggle the behaviour, possibly simplest just via a configure
option, and if anyone else needs more then a separate issue could be created.
So perhaps a --no-pager option, if the pager display becomes the default; or
vice versa if it is not the default. (Or perhaps an ENV variable, but this
is probably not really needed; just giving a few suggestions for that
Updated by nobu (Nobuyoshi Nakada) 2 months ago
Yes, this uses
RUBY_PAGER if it is defined, or
PAGER if defined.
The pager is used if stdin and stdout are tty both, redirecting stdin stops it.
ruby --help <&-
ruby --help </dev/null
And now empty
PAGER value is ignored.
RUBY_PAGER= ruby --help
Updated by nobu (Nobuyoshi Nakada) about 2 months ago
- Status changed from Open to Closed