The navigation keys in less command are similar to Vim editor.
/ – search for a pattern which will take you to the next occurrence. n – for next match in forward N – for previous match in backward
? – search for a pattern which will take you to the previous occurrence. n – for next match in backward direction N – for previous match in forward direction
For viewing large log files
CTRL+F – forward one window CTRL+B – backward one window CTRL+D – forward half window CTRL+U – backward half window j – navigate forward by one line k – navigate backward by one line G – go to the end of file g – go to the start of file q or ZZ – exit the less pager
Useful other command
v – using the configured editor edit the current file. h – summary of less commands &pattern – display only the matching lines, not all.
You can open multiple files by passing the file names as arguments:
$ less file1 file2