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NAME fmt - simple optimal text formatter


DESCRIPTION Reformat each paragraph in the FILE(s), writing to standard output. The option -WIDTH is an abbreviated form of --width=DIGITS.

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 fmt bugs to GNU coreutils home page: <> General help using GNU software: <> Report fmt translation bugs to <>

COPYRIGHT Copyright © 2010 Free Software Foundation, Inc. License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or later <>. This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it. 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 coreutils ’fmt invocation’

should give you access to the complete manual.

GNU coreutils 8.4 March 2011 FMT(1)