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TABS(1V)                                                              TABS(1V)

       tabs - set tab stops on a terminal

       /usr/5bin/tabs [ tabspec ] [ -Ttype ] [ +mn ]

       This  command  is  available  with  the  System V software installation
       option.  Refer to for information on how to install optional software.

       tabs can be used  to  specify  TAB  stops  on  terminals  that  support
       remotely-settable hardware TAB characters.  TAB stops are set according
       to the tabspec option, as described below, and  previous  settings  are

       Four types of tab specification are accepted for tabspec.  They are:

       -code   Set the TAB stops according to the canned TAB setting specified
               by code, as given by fspec(5).

       -n      Set the TAB stops at intervals of n columns, that is,  at  1+n,
               1+2*n,  and  so  on,  as  per  the -n specification as given by

               Set the TAB stops at positions n1, n2, and so on,  as  per  the
               n1,n2,...  specification as given by fspec(5).

       --file  Read  the  first  line of the file specified by file, searching
               for a format specification as given by fspec(5).  If this  line
               contains a format specification, set the TAB stops accordingly,
               otherwise set them to every 8 columns.  This type of specifica-
               tion  may  be  used  to  make sure that a file containing a TAB
               specification is displayed  with  correct  TAB  settings.   For
               example, it can be used with the pr(1V) command:

                      tabs --file; pr file
       If  no  tabspec is given, the default value is -8, the standard default
       TAB setting. The lowest column number is 1. Note: for  tabs,  column  1
       always refers to the leftmost column on a terminal, even one whose col-
       umn markers begin at 0, (such as the DASI  300,  DASI  300s,  and  DASI
       450).   TAB  and  margin  setting is performed by echoing to the proper
       sequences to the standard output.

       -Ttype tabs usually needs to know the type of terminal in order to  set
              TAB  characters,  and always needs to know to set margins.  type
              is a name listed in term(5).  If no -T flag  is  supplied,  tabs
              uses the value of the environment variable TERM.  If TERM is not
              defined in the  environment  (see  environ(5V)),  tabs  tries  a
              default sequence that will work for many terminals.

       +mn    The  margin  argument  may be used for some terminals.  It moves
              all TAB stops over n columns by making column n+1 the left  mar-
              gin.  If  +m is given without a value of n, the value assumed is
              10. For a TermiNet, the first value in the tab list should be 1,
              or  the  margin  will move even further to the right. The normal
              (leftmost) margin on most terminals is  obtained  by  +m0.   The
              margin  for  most  terminals  is  reset only when the +m flag is
              given explicitly.

       pr(1V), tput(1V), environ(5V), fspec(5), term(5), terminfo(5V)

       There is no consistency between different terminals regarding  ways  of
       clearing tabs and setting the left margin.

       tabs  clears only 20 tabs (on terminals requiring a long sequence), but
       is willing to set 64.

                                7 January 1988                        TABS(1V)