pilot(1)pilot(1)Namepilot - simple file system browser in the style of the Alpine Composer
Syntaxpilot [ options ] [ directory ]
Pilot is a simple, display-oriented file system browser based on the
Alpine message system composer. As with Alpine, commands are displayed
at the bottom of the screen, and context-sensitive help is provided.
Pilot displays the current working directory at the top of the screen.
The directory's contents are displayed in columns of file name, file
size pairs. Names that are directories are indicated by the name
"(dir)" in place of the file size. The parent of the current working
directory is indicated by the file name ".." and size of "(parent
dir)". File names that are symbolic links to other files are displayed
with a file size of "--".
Several basic file manipulation commands are provided: Delete, Rename,
Copy, View, Launch, and Edit. The "View" and "Edit" commands operate
on text files only. By default, the "View" command displays files
using "alpine -F", but will respect the environment variable PAGER if
set. The "Edit" command simply invokes "pico". The "Launch" command
provides a convenient way to either execute the selected file or to run
an application on it.
More specific help is available in pilot's online help.
Options-a Display all files including those beginning with a period (.).
-f Use function keys for commands. This option supported only in
conjunction with UW Enhanced NCSA telnet.
-g Enable "Show Cursor" mode. Cause cursor to be positioned before
the current selection rather than placed at the lower left of
-j Enable "Goto" command. This enables the command to permit
explicitly telling pilot which directory to visit.
-m Enable mouse functionality. This only works when pilot is run
from within an X Window System "xterm" window.
-nn The -nn option enables new mail notification. The n argument is
optional, and specifies how often, in seconds, your mailbox is
checked for new mail. For example, -n60 causes pilot to check
for new mail once every minute. The default interval is 180
seconds, while the minimum allowed is 30. (Note: no space
between "n" and the number)
-o dir Sets operating directory. Only files within the specified
directory are accessible and browsing is limited to the speci‐
fied directory subtree.
-v Enable single vertical column display.
-x Disable keymenu at the bottom of the screen.
-z Enable ^Z suspension of pilot.
-q Termcap or terminfo definition for input escape sequences are
used in preference to sequences defined by default. This option
is only available if pilot was compiled with the TERMCAP_WINS
define turned on.
Do setlocale(LC_CTYPE) if available. Default is to not do this
Do not do setlocale(LC_COLLATE). Default is to do this setlo‐
Michael Seibel <email@example.com>
Copyright 1994-2007 by the University of Washington.
Source distribution (part of the Alpine Message System):
$Date: 2005/01/14 20:40:14 $
Version 1.1 pilot(1)