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Friday, October 19, 2007

A better psql with less

psql is a great tool, but not very good at browsing data. Or is it? The following settings will make psql much more usable.

in your user profile:
export PAGER=less
export LESS="-iMSx4 -FX"

in your .psqlrc (make it if it's not already there)

\pset pager always

try it!! now wide query results will paginate much better and searching is much easier.

update: fixed quotes for LESS, thanks depesz