TBL(1) General Commands Manual TBL(1)
tbl - format tables for nroff or troff
tbl [ -ms ] [ filename ] ...
This command is available with the Text software installation option.
Refer to for information on how to install optional software.
tbl is a preprocessor for formatting tables for nroff(1) or troff(1).
The input filenames are copied to the standard output, except that
lines between .TS and .TE command lines are assumed to describe tables
and are reformatted. Details are given in
If no arguments are given, tbl reads the standard input, so tbl may be
used as a filter. When tbl is used with eqn(1) or neqn the tbl command
should be first, to minimize the volume of data passed through pipes.
-ms Copy the -ms macro package to the front of the output file.
As an example, letting \t represent a TAB (which should be typed as a
genuine TAB) the input
c s s
c c s
c c c
l n n.
Bedminster 789 3.26
Bernards Twp. 3087 3.74
Bernardsville 2018 3.30
Bound Brook 3425 3.04
Branchburg 1644 3.49
Bridgewater 7897 3.81
Far Hills 240 3.19
eqn(1), nroff(1), troff(1)
21 December 1987 TBL(1)