annoying truncation @ 80th column with less

Matthias Benkmann matthias at winterdrache.de
Fri Mar 1 02:54:39 PST 2002


On Fri, 1 Mar 2002 05:12:32 +0100 (MET) Peter Schütze <pschuetze at gmx.net>
wrote:

> Hi there,
> 
> just having some small problems here with the output of the less command
> that some of you may have allready come across.
> 
> when piping something into less with more than 80 columns per line (like
> `ps aux` usually should have) inside a xterm window 
> which is a lot wider, then those lines are all truncated after the 80th
> char... :(

If you redirect output to less, then there is no connection between ps and
the terminal, so ps defaults to the standard with 80. Use

ps --cols $COLUMNS <whatever switches you want>

to make ps take the width from $COLUMNS (which is set properly by bash)

MSB
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