The pause_output gem provides a facility like the classic more (or less) utility within Ruby programs. This little bit of code started out as a feature of the mysh (my shell) program but was spun off as it was felt that this capability had use on a larger scale.

Also included is a simple demo program called pom (Pause Output More) This simple demo accepts a list of files and displays them, pausing as needed. It is as easy to use as this:



Add this line to your application's Gemfile:

gem 'pause_output'

And then execute:

$ bundle

Or install it yourself as:

$ gem install pause_output


The pause_output gem works through the more command. This simple command accepts optional hash arguments and a block. For example:

more do
  100.times do |i|
    puts "#{'%5d' % i}, #{'%6d' % (i*i)}, #{'%8d' % (i*i*i)}"


The following options are available for use in the optional options hash parameter of the global Object#more method:

Option Values Default Description
:page_pause boolean true Is page pause enabled?
:page_height integer console height The height of the page.
:page_width integer console width The width of the page.
:page_msg string "Press space (line), n (no pause), q(uit) or other (page):" The paused prompt message.
:one_line string " " The key to progress by one line.
:skip_all string "q" The key to skip the rest of the output.
:no_pause string "n" The key to display the rest with no pauses.

The default value is used if the option is absent from the hash. Unsupported option values are ignored and have no effect.


  • Setting page_pause to false can allow a block of code to run without pausing at page breaks, if that is desired. Since, Ruby has no boolean type, this can be any object. The values false, "false", "off", or "no" will disable pauses.
  • If the :page_height and :page_width values are not valid, the default values will be used instead.
  • Nesting of "more" blocks is allowed. However, only the options of the outermost block are active. The options passed into "inner" blocks are ignored.


  1. Fork it
  2. Create your feature branch (git checkout -b my-new-feature)
  3. Commit your changes (git commit -am 'Add some feature')
  4. Push to the branch (git push origin my-new-feature)
  5. Create new Pull Request


  • Make a suggestion by raising an issue . All ideas and comments are welcome.


The gem is available as open source under the terms of the MIT License.

Code of Conduct

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