fmt man page

fmt — simple optimal text formatter


fmt [-WIDTH] [OPTION]... [FILE]...


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

With no FILE, or when 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 prefix 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)
-g, --goal=WIDTH
goal width (default of 93% of width)
display this help and exit
output version information and exit


Written by Ross Paterson.

Reporting Bugs

GNU coreutils online help: <http://www.gnu.org/software/coreutils/>
Report fmt translation bugs to <http://translationproject.org/team/>

See Also

Full documentation at: <http://www.gnu.org/software/coreutils/f…>
or available locally via: info '(coreutils) fmt invocation'

Referenced By

diction(1), gjots2(1), mailx(1), perlform(1), shtool-table(1).

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GNU coreutils 8.25 October 2016