[IPython-dev] [PATCH] make dump_pager more smart (on Windows)

Fernando Perez Fernando.Perez at colorado.edu
Mon Oct 10 13:33:10 CDT 2005

Alexander Belchenko wrote:
> Attached patch provide clearing prompt "---Return to continue, q to
> quit--- " after hitting the key so this prompt don't mix with printed text.

Thanks, this one looks like a no-brainer to me.  Any caveats from our win32 
experts, since I can't actually test it?  It looks pretty harmles on the 

> This solution intended for Windows users,
> but I think for Linux can be done similar thing (instead of
> msvcrt.getch() should be used more sophisticated read method from terminal).

*nix always has real, full featured pagers available, so there's no need for 
more.  The page_dumb routine is only there to try to work around the 
limitations of the Windows default environment.

> BTW, on Windows 2K/XP also colud be used 'more' pager but only when
> nocolor scheme used (because 'more' does not handle coloring escape
> sequences).
> May be it worth to put remark about this in hints?

If windows users want a real pager, I imagine they'd be better off using the 
cygwin toolkit, no?  That comes with the full-featured *nix console tools, 
which don't have all the limitations of the default windows ones.  At least 
that's been my understading from third-party information, perhaps I'm mistaken.



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