FMT(1) User Commands FMT(1)

NAME fmt - simple optimal text formatter


DESCRIPTION Reformat each paragraph in the FILE(s), writing to standard output. If no FILE or if FILE is -, read standard input.

Mandatory arguments to long options are mandatory for short options too.

-c, --crown-margin preserve indentation of first two lines

-p, --prefix=STRING reformat only lines beginning with STRING, reattaching the pre- fix to reformatted lines

-s, --split-only split long lines, but do not refill

-t, --tagged-paragraph indentation of first line different from second

-u, --uniform-spacing one space between words, two after sentences

-w, --width=WIDTH maximum line width (default of 75 columns)

--help display this help and exit

--version output version information and exit

With no FILE, or when FILE is -, read standard input.

AUTHOR Written by Ross Paterson.

REPORTING BUGS Report bugs to <>.

COPYRIGHT Copyright © 2006 Free Software Foundation, Inc. This is free software. You may redistribute copies of it under the terms of the GNU General Public License <>. There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.

SEE ALSO The full documentation for fmt is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If the info and fmt programs are properly installed at your site, the com- mand

info fmt

should give you access to the complete manual.

fmt 5.97 March 2012 FMT(1)