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Trowser: A graphical less command that is more

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Translating a command line tool to a graphical interface usually means a loss of functionality. However, in the case of the newly released trowser text browser, while I wouldn't swear that the transition has retained all the functionality of the less command that it is intended to replace, I doubt that anyone short of an expert is likely to notice the difference.

Not only does trowser offer a comparable wealth of key bindings for moving about displayed text files, but it also adds such features as custom highlighting, a search history, and bookmarks as well. The result is an easy-to-use tool for developers who browse code listings, or anyone who browses log files, HTML pages, or other plain text files.

Trowser is currently available as a compressed tar file, with no installation script. Instead, users need to check that they have Tcl/Tk 8.4.0 installed on their system, then copy the executable to /usr/bin and the man page file to /usr/share/man. The first time you use trowser, the program creates a .trowserc file in your home directory. This arrangement may lack sophistication, but has the advantage of making the program easy to remove after a trial.

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