fmt(1) User Commands fmt(1)
fmt - simple text formatters
fmt [-cs] [-w width | -width] [inputfile...]
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 stan-
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 com-
reformats the text between the cursor location and the end of the para-
-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
-w width | -width Fill output lines to up to width columns.
inputfile Input file.
See environ(5) for a description of the LC_CTYPE environment variable
that affects the execution of fmt.
See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following attributes:
tab() allbox; cw(2.750000i)| cw(2.750000i) lw(2.750000i)|
lw(2.750000i). ATTRIBUTE TYPEATTRIBUTE VALUE AvailabilitySUNWcsu
nroff(1), vi(1), attributes(5), environ(5)
The -width option is acceptable for BSD compatibility, but it may go
away in future releases.
SunOS 5.10 9 May 1997 fmt(1)