BSD 2.11 - man page for fmt (bsd section 1)
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fmt - simple text formatter
fmt [ name ... ]
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
will reformat a paragraph, evening the lines.
The program was designed to be simple and fast - for more complex operations, the standard
text processors are likely to be more appropriate.
3rd Berkeley Distribution April 29, 1985 FMT(1)
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