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BSD 2.11 - man page for fmt (bsd section 1)

FMT(1)					       General Commands Manual					       FMT(1)

NAME
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 appropriate. 3rd Berkeley Distribution April 29, 1985 FMT(1)


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