As they say, less is more, both in terms of it having the same function and because it really is:
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 131724 Sep 1 2003 /usr/bin/less -rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 26524 Sep 25 2003 /bin/more
(On other systems, "less" and "more" may be identical).
Because of more than 20 years of using "more", I can't get my mind or fingers used to "less". Of course, I still catch a deep whisper of "Control Zero" in my mind when I type a "|"; a habit that came from years of Tandy Xenix work.
I do appreciate that less really is more. But its not so much more that I really care. Being able to move backwards in a file doesn't do it for me: if I want to move around, I'm going to use vi or view. Hitting F for follow mode is unlikely: if I wanted a "tail -f" why would I start with "less"?
For me, "less" is not more and probably never will be. Except on my Mac, where "more" is "less".
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