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fmt(1)							      General Commands Manual							    fmt(1)

Name
       fmt - simple text formatter

Syntax
       fmt [name...]

Description
       The  command  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.

       The  command 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 editor (for example, the command
       !}fmt
       will reformat a paragraph, evening the lines.

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

See Also
       mail(1), nroff(1)

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NAME
fmt -- simple text formatter SYNOPSIS
fmt [-Cr] [goal [maximum]] [name ...] fmt [-Cr] [-g goal] [-m maximum] [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 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 spac- ing. 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 simple tasks. For instance, within visual mode of the ex(1) editor (e.g., vi(1)) the command !}fmt will reformat a paragraph, evening the lines. SEE ALSO
mail(1), nroff(1) HISTORY
The fmt command appeared in 3BSD. BUGS
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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