fmt Man page

FMT(1) User Commands FMT(1)

NAME

fmt – simple optimal text formatter

SYNOPSIS

fmt [-WIDTH] [OPTION]… [FILE]…

DESCRIPTION

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 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)

-g, –goal=WIDTH
goal width (default of 93% of width)

–help display this help and exit

–version
output version information and exit

AUTHOR

Written by Ross Paterson.

REPORTING BUGS

GNU coreutils online help:
Report fmt translation bugs to

COPRYRIGHT

Copyright © 2016 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

Full documentation at:
or available locally via: info ‘(coreutils) fmt invocation’

GNU coreutils 8.25 February 2016 FMT(1)