How to keep `git log` and `git diff` output on the screen after exit

When git uses less as pager the output of commands like git log disappears from the console screen when you exit from less.

This is not convenient in many cases so here is how to fix this.

Just for git commands:

git config --global --replace-all core.pager "less -iXFR"

For less command, globally (including git) - add to your shell profile (.bashrc, .zshrc, etc):

export LESS=-iXFR

Options we set for less:

  • -i - ignore case when searching (but respect case if search term contains uppercase letters)
  • -X - do not clear screen on exit
  • -F - exit if text is less then one screen long
  • -R - was on by default on my system, something related to colors


Linux Questions: more or less - but less does not keep its output on the screen

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