Switch to SpeakEasy.net DSL

The Modular Manual Browser

Home Page
Manual: (OSF1-V5.1-alpha)
Apropos / Subsearch:
optional field

tabs(1)								      tabs(1)


  tabs - Sets tab stops	on terminals


  tabs [-n] [-T	terminal] [+m [margin]]

  tabs [predefined_tab_flag] [-T terminal] [+m [margin]]

  tabs [-T terminal] [+m [margin]] number [,number]...

  tabs [--tab_format_file]

  The tabs command clears up to	20 previous tabs and sets up to	40 tabs	on
  the terminal according to the	supplied tab specifications.


  Interfaces documented	on this	reference page conform to industry standards
  as follows:

  tabs:	XCU5.0

  Refer	to the standards(5) reference page for more information	about indus-
  try standards	and associated tags.


  -n  Specifies	repetitive tab stops separated by a uniform number of column
      positions, n, where n is a single-digit number. The default usage	of
      tabs with	no arguments is	equivalent to tabs -8. If you use -0, the tab
      stops are	cleared	and no new ones	are set.

  -T terminal
      Identifies the terminal so that tabs can set tabs	and margins
      correctly.  The terminal argument	is one of the conventional terminal
      names supported by your system.

      [Tru64 UNIX]  If the terminal you	specify	is not known to	the system,
      tabs tries a general value that works for	most terminals.

      If you do	not provide a -T option, tabs uses the TERM shell variable.

      Moves all	tabs to	the right number columns, and makes column number+1
      the left margin.

      If m is given without a value, 10	is assumed. The	leftmost margin	on
      most terminals is	defined	by m0.

      Specifies	that tabs should be set	to a structured	language format	that
      is known to the system.  See the section Predefined Tab Flags for	a
      description of these flags.

      [Tru64 UNIX]  Causes tabs	to read	a file named tab_format_file for for-
      mat information.	The first line of the file must	be in the format
      shown in the section Format Specifications to use	this method.  The
      file may contain other lines which are ignored by	tabs.


	 [Tru64	UNIX]  The double dash (--) format is mandatory	with this


      Sets tabs	at the named column numbers (a list in ascending order,
      separated	by commas).  You can specify up	to 40 numbers.	If any number
      except the first has a plus sign prefix, the prefixed number is added
      to the previous number for the next setting. Thus, the tab lists
      1,10,20,30 and 1,10,+10,+10 provide the same tab settings.


  If you use the tabs command with no options or operands, the terminal	tabs
  are reset to the system defaults for your terminal type.  If only the	-T
  option is used, tabs are reset to the	defaults for that terminal type.

  [Tru64 UNIX]	When you use the tabs command, always consider the leftmost
  column number	to be 1, even if your terminal refers to it as 0 (zero).
  Tab-stop position n means that tabbing to position n causes the next char-
  acter	output to be in	the n+1th column position on that line.

  Predefined Tab Flags

  [Tru64 UNIX]	The flags described in the following list provide formats
  required by most structured programming languages.  Some of these flags
  require that a particular format line	be present in the file being manipu-
  lated.  This is indicated in the list.

  -a  Sets the tabs to 1, 10, 16, 36, and 72.

  -a2 Sets the tabs to 1, 10, 16, 40, and 72.

  -c  Sets the tabs to 1, 8, 12, 16, 20, and 55	(COBOL normal format)

  -c2 Sets the tabs to 1, 6, 10, 14, and 49 (COBOL compact format, columns 1
      to 6 omitted).  With this	code, the first	column position	corresponds
      to card column 7.	 One space gets	you to column 8, and a tab reaches
      column 12.  Files	using this code	must include the following format

	   <:t-c2  m6  s66  d:>

      [Tru64 UNIX]  See	Format Specifications later in this reference page.

  -c3 Sets the tabs to 1, 6, 10, 14, 18, 22, 26, 30, 34, 38, 42, 46, 50, 54,
      58, 62, and 67 (COBOL compact format with	more tabs than -c2).  This is
      the recommended format for COBOL.	 Files using this code must include
      the following format specification:

	   <:t-c3  m6  s66  d:>

  -f  Sets the tabs to 1, 7, 11, 15, 19, and 23	(FORTRAN).

  -p  Sets the tabs to 1, 5, 9,	13, 17,	21, 25,	29, 33,	37, 41,	45, 49,	53,
      57, and 61 (PL/I).

  -s  Sets the tabs to 1, 10, and 55 (SNOBOL).

  -u  Sets the tabs to 1, 12, 20, and 44.

  Format Specifications

  [Tru64 UNIX]	A format specification consists	of a sequence of arguments
  separated by blanks and enclosed in brackets and colons: <&lt;: :>&gt;. Each argu-
  ment consists	of a keyletter and an optional value which immediately fol-
  lows it.  The	following arguments can	be used:

      [Tru64 UNIX]  Specifies tab settings.  The value for tabs	can be:

       1.  [Tru64 UNIX]	 A list	of column numbers separated by commas, indi-
	   cating tab stops at the specified columns.

       2.  [Tru64 UNIX]	 A - (dash) followed by	a number n, specifying tabs
	   stops every n columns.

       3.  [Tru64 UNIX]	 A preset tab specification, for example -a2.

      [Tru64 UNIX]  Specifies a	maximum	line size, or length.  The size
      specification must be an integer.	 (The value of size is checked after
      tabs have	been expanded but before the margin is prepended.)

      [Tru64 UNIX]  Specifies a	number of spaces to be inserted	at the begin-
      ning of each line.  The margin specification must	be an integer.

  d   [Tru64 UNIX]  Indicates that the line containing the format specifica-
      tion is to be deleted from the converted file.

      [Tru64 UNIX]  If a format	specification can be disguised as a comment,
      for example * <&lt;:t5,10,15 s75 m5:>&gt;	*, you do not need to include the d

  e   [Tru64 UNIX]  Indicates that the current format should prevail only
      until another format specification is encountered	in the file.

  [Tru64 UNIX]	Default	values of t-8 and m0 are assumed if t and m arguments
  are not included in the specification; if s is not included, line size is
  not checked.	If the first line of a file does not contain a format specif-
  ication, these defaults are assumed for the entire file.


   1.  The tabs	command	assumes	that standard output is	the terminal.  If
       standard	output is redirected, the results are unpredicable.

   2.  Full operation of all capabilities may be restricted by the hardware.


  The following	exit values are	returned:

  0   Successful completion.

  >&gt;0  An error occurred.


   1.  To set tabs every four spaces, enter:
	    tabs -4

   2.  To clear	all tabs, enter:


  The following	environment variables affect the execution of tabs:

      Provides a default value for the internationalization variables that
      are unset	or null. If LANG is unset or null, the corresponding value
      from the default locale is used.	If any of the internationalization
      variables	contain	an invalid setting, the	utility	behaves	as if none of
      the variables had	been defined.

      If set to	a non-empty string value, overrides the	values of all the
      other internationalization variables.

      Determines the locale for	the interpretation of sequences	of bytes of
      text data	as characters (for example, single-byte	as opposed to multi-
      byte characters in arguments).

      Determines the locale for	the format and contents	of diagnostic mes-
      sages written to standard	error.

      Determines the location of message catalogues for	the processing of

      Determines the terminal type if the -T option is not used.


  Commands:  expand(1),	nroff(1), stty(1), tset(1)

  Standards:  standards(5)