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

NAME
     lam -- laminate files

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

DESCRIPTION
     The lam utility 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 mini-
	     mum 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).

EXAMPLES
     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

AUTHOR
     John A. Kunze <jak@ucop.edu>

SEE ALSO
     join(1), paste(1), pr(1), printf(3)

STANDARDS
     Some of the functionality of lam is standardized as the paste(1) utility by IEEE Std 1003.2
     (``POSIX.2'').

BSD					September 20, 2001				      BSD
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