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Scroll Backwards From the Ubuntu Server Command Line

When you are on the Ubuntu server console, you will invariably run commands that scroll past too far to see them on the screen. Since you aren’t in X, there’s no scrollbar for you to use to look back.

Thankfully there’s an easy solution to this.

Scroll Backwards:

Shift + Page Up

Scroll Forwards:

Shift + Page Down

Pretty useful. I actually stumbled on this one by accident and thought it would be useful.

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  • Published 12/13/06

Comments (5)

  1. daedhel

    So hlpfull, I have ben wondering how to do this for years!

  2. Eric

    Simple is great.

  3. mamun

    It works only for four times but there is some more history i can’t access. Is there any way to see that history even after pressing shift+pageup for 4 times that i couldn’t access.

  4. J√°nos

    It does not work on my Mac using a normal Apple keyboard and the Ubuntu Server is on a VMware partition. Any other way to get to a scrollable terminal from the console ?

  5. xafarr

    thanks, extremely helpful

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