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

LAM(1)				   BSD General Commands Manual				   LAM(1)

     lam -- laminate files

     lam [-f min.max] [-p min.max] [-s sepstring] [-t c] file ...

     lam copies the named files side by side onto the standard output.	The n-th input lines from
     the input files are considered fragments of the single long n-th output line into which they
     are assembled.  The name ``-'' means the standard input, and may be repeated.

     Normally, each option affects only the file after it.  If the option letter is capitalized
     it affects all subsequent files until it appears again uncapitalized.  The options are
     described below.

     -f min.max    Print line fragments according to the format string min.max, where min is the
		   minimum field width and max the maximum field width.  If min begins with a
		   zero, zeros will be added to make up the field width, and if it begins with a
		   '-', the fragment will be left-adjusted within the field.
     -p min.max    Like -f, but pad this file's field when end-of-file is reached and other files
		   are still active.
     -s sepstring  Print sepstring before printing line fragments from the next file.  This
		   option may appear after the last file.
     -t c	   The input line terminator is c instead of a newline.  The newline normally
		   appended to each output line is omitted.

     To print files simultaneously for easy viewing use pr(1).

     The command

	   lam file1 file2 file3 file4

     joins 4 files together along each line.  To merge the lines from four different files use

	   lam file1 -S "\
	   " file2 file3 file4

     Every 2 lines of a file may be joined on one line with

	   lam - - < file

     and a form letter with substitutions keyed by '@' can be done with

	   lam -t @ letter changes

     join(1), pr(1), printf(3)

BSD					 December 1, 2001				      BSD

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