- Previously, the lesspipe script returned incorrect exit status codes. As a consequence, the less utility failed to decompress empty files that had been compressed with the gzip utility, and an unwanted message was displayed. With this update, a pipe character ("|") has been added in front of the LESSOPEN environment variable to enforce a new default behavior of lesspipe. For backward compatibility, lesspipe has the same behavior if LESSOPEN remains unchanged. As a result, the less utility now detects and displays empty files correctly.