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# How to get out of opened documents in the terminal?

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I use to press CTRL+C, but there are some cases where this key combination doesn't work. E.g. if you open the perl docs:

perldoc File::Path 


The documentation is presented on the terminal and I can't get out of it. I must close the terminal and it's a little frustrating.

It really depends on the application that is used to open a document. perldoc uses application defined in PERLDOC_PAGER, MANPAGER, or PAGER environment variable.

It defaults to less viewer on most systems, so you should press q when browsing the document. But if by accident you pressed other keys, you might need to finish the operation before q would allow you to quit.

Wikipedia article on less has its keyboard shortcuts explained in detail.

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