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OpenSolaris 2009.06 - man page for fmt (opensolaris section 1)

fmt(1)					  User Commands 				   fmt(1)

NAME
       fmt - simple text formatters

SYNOPSIS
       fmt [-cs] [-w width | -width] [inputfile]...

DESCRIPTION
       fmt  is a simple text formatter that fills and joins lines  to produce output lines of (up
       to) the number of characters specified in the -w width option. The default  width  is  72.
       fmt  concatenates  the inputfiles listed as arguments. If none are given, fmt formats text
       from the standard input.

       Blank lines are preserved in the output, as is the spacing between  words.  fmt	does  not
       fill nor split lines beginning with a `.' (dot), for compatibility with nroff(1). Nor does
       it fill or split a set of contiguous non-blank lines which is  determined  to  be  a  mail
       header, the first line of which must begin with "From".

       Indentation is preserved in the output, and input lines with differing indentation are not
       joined (unless -c is used).

       fmt can also be used as an in-line text filter for vi(1). The  vi command:

       !}fmt

       reformats the text between the cursor location and the end of the paragraph.

OPTIONS
       -c		    Crown margin mode. Preserve the indentation of the	first  two  lines
			    within a paragraph, and align the left margin of each subsequent line
			    with that of the second line. This is useful for tagged paragraphs.

       -s		    Split lines only. Do not join short lines to form longer  ones.  This
			    prevents  sample  lines  of code, and other such formatted text, from
			    being unduly combined.

       -w width | -width    Fill output lines to up to	width columns.

OPERANDS
       inputfile    Input file.

ENVIRONMENT VARIABLES
       See environ(5) for a description of the LC_CTYPE environment  variable  that  affects  the
       execution of fmt.

ATTRIBUTES
       See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following attributes:

       +-----------------------------+-----------------------------+
       |      ATTRIBUTE TYPE	     |	    ATTRIBUTE VALUE	   |
       +-----------------------------+-----------------------------+
       |Availability		     |SUNWcsu			   |
       +-----------------------------+-----------------------------+

SEE ALSO
       nroff(1), vi(1), attributes(5), environ(5)

NOTES
       The  -width  option  is	acceptable  for  BSD  compatibility, but it may go away in future
       releases.

SunOS 5.11				    9 May 1997					   fmt(1)


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