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FMT(1)							      General Commands Manual							    FMT(1)

fmt - simple text formatter SYNOPSIS
fmt [ name ... ] DESCRIPTION
Fmt is a simple text formatter which reads the concatenation of input files (or standard input if none are given) and produces on standard output a version of its input with lines as close to 72 characters long as possible. The spacing at the beginning of the input lines is preserved in the output, as are blank lines and interword spacing. Fmt is meant to format mail messages prior to sending, but may also be useful for other simple tasks. For instance, within visual mode of the ex editor (e.g. vi) the command !}fmt will reformat a paragraph, evening the lines. SEE ALSO
nroff(1), mail(1) AUTHOR
Kurt Shoens BUGS
The program was designed to be simple and fast - for more complex operations, the standard text processors are likely to be more appropri- ate. 3rd Berkeley Distribution April 29, 1985 FMT(1)

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fmt, htmlfmt - simple text formatters SYNOPSIS
fmt [ option ... ] [ file ... ] htmlfmt [ -a ] [ -c charset ] [ -u url ] [ file ... ] DESCRIPTION
Fmt copies the given files (standard input by default) to its standard output, filling and indenting lines. The options are -l n Output line length is n, including indent (default 70). -w n A synonym for -l. -i n Indent n spaces (default 0). -j Do not join short lines: only fold long lines. Empty lines and initial white space in input lines are preserved. Empty lines are inserted between input files. Fmt is idempotent: it leaves already formatted text unchanged. Htmlfmt performs a similar service, but accepts as input text formatted with HTML tags. It accepts fmt's -l and -w flags and also: -a Normally htmlfmt suppresses the contents of form fields and anchors (URLs and image files); this flag causes it to print them, in square brackets. -c charset change the default character set from iso-8859-1 to charset. This is the character set assumed if there isn't one specified by the html itself in a <meta> directive. -u url Use url as the base URL for the document when displaying anchors; sets -a. SOURCE
/src/cmd/fmt.c /src/cmd/htmlfmt BUGS
Htmlfmt makes no attempt to render the two-dimensional geometry of tables; it just treats the table entries as plain, to-be-formatted text. FMT(1)
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