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Re: retaining useful information on my screen

From: Scott Marlowe <scott(dot)marlowe(at)gmail(dot)com>
To: postgres(at)tbruce(dot)com
Cc: Fred Parkinson <FredP(at)abag(dot)ca(dot)gov>, pgsql-admin(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: retaining useful information on my screen
Date: 2012-05-08 15:10:04
Message-ID: CAOR=d=1zcA333e_niLgi1HVpNe_1TWOy8JJRuVQk-mj+U1Tnzg@mail.gmail.com (view raw or flat)
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On Tue, May 8, 2012 at 8:57 AM, Tim Bruce - Postgres
<postgres(at)tbruce(dot)com> wrote:
> On Tue, May 8, 2012 07:28, Fred Parkinson wrote:
>> I am currently using postgresql version 9.1.3
>>
>> In the past, when I ran psql and needed useful information provided by
>> commands like \h or \d, the information was presented on the screen and I
>> could proceed with further commands while viewing the information.
>>
>> Now I need to hit <shift>-q to get out of the \h or \d request, and the
>> information disappears from the screen as well.
>>
>> 2 questions:
>> 1. what was the problem presented by leaving the information up on the
>> screen, which is now solved by removing the information from the screen?
>>
>> 2. Is there way to tell psql NOT to clear the screen, so I can
>> subsequently view it while I work?
>>
>> Thanks.
>>
>>
>> Fred Parkinson
>> Application Programmer
>> Association of Bay Area Governments
>> 510-464-7931
>>
>
> Set the environment variable PAGER to solve this problem.  I usually set
> it with the following command in my .bashrc file
>
> export PAGER='less -X'
>
> NOTE: That's an uppercase X after the Unix command "less."

I often do:

export PAGER=/bin/cat

when I want even less interference.

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