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NetBSD 6.1.5 - man page for fmt (netbsd section 1)

FMT(1)				   BSD General Commands Manual				   FMT(1)

     fmt -- simple text formatter

     fmt [-Cr] [goal [maximum]] [name ...]
     fmt [-Cr] [-g goal] [-m maximum] [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 the goal length as possible without exceeding the maximum.  The goal length
     defaults to 65 and the maximum to 75.  The spacing at the beginning of the input lines is
     preserved in the output, as are blank lines and interword spacing.  In non raw mode, lines
     that look like mail headers or begin with a period are not formatted.

     -C 	 instructs fmt to center the text.

     -g goal	 New way to set the goal length.

     -m maximum  New way to set the maximum length.

     -r 	 Raw mode; formats all lines and does not make exceptions for lines that start
		 with a period or look like mail headers.

     fmt is meant to format mail messages prior to sending, but may also be useful for other sim-
     ple tasks.  For instance, within visual mode of the ex(1) editor (e.g., vi(1)) the command


     will reformat a paragraph, evening the lines.

     mail(1), nroff(1)

     The fmt command appeared in 3BSD.

     The program was designed to be simple and fast - for more complex operations, the standard
     text processors are likely to be more appropriate.

BSD					   May 29, 2007 				      BSD

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