Open `less` scrolled to the end

Is there a way to open less and have it scroll to the end of the file? I’m always doing less app.log and then pressing G to go to the bottom.

I’m hoping there’s something like less --end or less -exec 'G'.

Asked By: Miles


less +G app.log

+ will run an initial command when the file is opened

G jumps to the end

When multiple files are in play, ++ applies commands to every file being viewed. Not just the first one. For example, less ++G app1.log app2.log.

Answered By: Miles

From the less man page:

If a command line option begins with +, the remainder of that option is taken to be an initial command to less. For example, +G tells less to
start at the end of the file rather than the beginning, and +/xyz tells it to start at the first occurrence of “xyz” in the file. As a special case, + acts like +g; that is, it starts the display at the specified line number (however, see the caveat under the “g”
command above). If the option starts with ++, the initial command applies to every file being viewed, not just the first one. The + command
described previously may also be used to set (or change) an initial command for every file.

Answered By: Dfaure
less +F filename

will go to the end and continually load the latest contents of the file.

From less man page:

F Scroll forward, and keep trying to read when the end of file is
reached. Normally this command would be used when already at the end
of the file. It is a way to monitor the tail of a file which is
growing while it is being viewed. (The behavior is similar to the
"tail -f" command.)

Answered By: John E.
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