fold man page

fold — wrap each input line to fit in specified width


fold {{file}}

fold -w30 {{file}}

fold -w5 -s {{file}}


fold [OPTION]... [FILE]...


Wrap input lines in each FILE, writing to standard output.

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

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

-b, --bytes
count bytes rather than columns
-c, --characters
count characters rather than columns
-s, --spaces
break at spaces
-w, --width=WIDTH
use WIDTH columns instead of 80
display this help and exit
output version information and exit


Written by David MacKenzie.

Reporting Bugs

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See Also

Full documentation at: <…>
or available locally via: info '(coreutils) fold invocation'


November 2016 GNU coreutils 8.26 User Commands