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July 31st, 2007
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Hidden things in GNOME
Just thought I'd share 2 small things in GNOME that made me really happy when I found them:

1. "less" scrolling in gnome-terminal. When you less something, the mouse wheel actually scrolls the less output. I can't tell you how insanely useful this is when debugging.

2. The up button for epiphany. Seriously. For months, I've been cursing web browsers, wishing they had an up button. Then shaunm told me epiphany did. Immediately, my browsing life has become so much better. Every program should have an up button (it's in the customise toolbar if you're interested).

Anyone else got other hidden cool features in GNOME that would make my life rock even more?

(This post brought to you by the power of waiting for jhbuild to compile something ... anything)

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Date:July 31st, 2007 10:33 pm (UTC)


I use the Up button in Epiphany very often.

At work I have to use Firefox for web development, so I've installed the "Uppity" extension there which does a nice job of imitating Epiphany. :D
Date:July 31st, 2007 10:56 pm (UTC)

up button?

And what is an up button? You know, for all the mortals out here ;-)
Date:August 1st, 2007 03:01 pm (UTC)

Re: up button?

If you do it on this page, you go from http://donscorgie.livejournal.com/9260.html to http://donscorgie.livejournal.com/ and so on.

+Up works as well.
Date:August 1st, 2007 03:04 pm (UTC)

Re: up button?

+Up should be < Alt >+Up, but it seems like html-like tags got stripped out, if I don't put in the spaces.
Date:August 1st, 2007 12:22 am (UTC)

mouse wheel

the mouse wheel thing breaks scrollback history in screen :(
Date:August 1st, 2007 06:50 am (UTC)

You like less, then you'll like VIM more... :)

If you like the way that less does the scrollback, then you'll probably also appreciate the way that this works in VIM in a terminal too...
Date:August 1st, 2007 07:28 am (UTC)

Up button for Firefox

To get an Up button (and Previous and Next) for Firefox, install this extension:

Date:August 1st, 2007 09:52 am (UTC)

Get a face!

Dude, get on facebook!
Date:August 1st, 2007 12:39 pm (UTC)

There's a wiki page

Date:August 1st, 2007 07:23 pm (UTC)
So how do you enable mouse scrolling for less?
Date:August 1st, 2007 07:49 pm (UTC)

it's your less program, not gnome terminal

AFAIK this is something your less program does, and Gnome-terminal just passes the mouse events through.

On my desktop system (Ubuntu Edgy Eft), less doesn't respond to mouse scrolling. vim does, after I set "mouse=a", which lead to an adventure trying to get /usr/share/vim/vim70/macros/less.sh to render the control sequences in man output correctly so I could use it as $PAGER.

Which less are you using? I've got whatever came with Ubuntu Edgy, namely:

$ less --version
less 394
Copyright (C) 1984-2005 Mark Nudelman

less comes with NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.
For information about the terms of redistribution,
see the file named README in the less distribution.
Homepage: http://www.greenwoodsoftware.com/less
Date:August 2nd, 2007 12:15 am (UTC)

Re: it's your less program, not gnome terminal

Actually it seems this is in recent vte. I have two installs:


and the latter can wheel-scroll in less.

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