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Re: [vile] vile-pager

From: Thomas Dickey
Subject: Re: [vile] vile-pager
Date: Sun, 27 Apr 2008 09:42:52 -0400 (EDT)

On Sun, 27 Apr 2008, Paul van Tilburg wrote:

On Sun, Apr 27, 2008 at 09:11:42AM -0400, Thomas Dickey wrote:
On Sun, 27 Apr 2008, Thomas Dickey wrote:
On Sun, 27 Apr 2008, Paul van Tilburg wrote:
I wanted to install vile-pager as an alternative for view.
However, it doesn't seem to work very well anymore.
It uses vile-manfilt, which is not available anymore so it seems.

vile-manfilt is normally installed in $prefix/lib/vile/, e.g.,

continuing that thought - vile updates its $PATH so it can find the
executable there.  If it's not finding it, that's because the install
overlooked it for some reason (I'd check the packager's script for
that, though my Debian/testing has a copy installed as part of

I'm talking about Debian here.. it is installed.. though I get the complaint
trying to use vile-pager.

I'm not sure why - I don't use it often, but I did a quick check here,
and it was working.  Perhaps there's some work needed for handling UTF-8
(though vile-manfilt itself does handle some cases).  With more info, I
can probably see what needs work.

I usually use vile-manfilt as part of the ^X-n formatting...

But, why do we need it.. is calling HighlightFilter not enough?
It's also inconvent, because it seems to me.. that now the file is always
fed to vile via stdin.. and thus the suffix mode detection fails.

vile-pager is intended for things like manpages (though the default
man output on Debian doesn't have the overstrikes and underlining
that some other man programs produce).  When I checked it just now,
I used a script which wraps lynx (lynxdump) to see that it produced
the bold- and underlined text, e.g.,

        lynxdump foo.html | vile-pager

You can pipe "any" file to vile, but vile-pager filters overstriking
into attributes for bold- and underlining.  It also recognizes the
ANSI color controls, so I can do something like

        ls --color=always | vile-pager

It's not the same as

        ls --color=always | vile

Thomas E. Dickey

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