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fmt, htmlfmt - simple text formatters
fmt [ option ... ] [ file ... ]
htmlfmt [ -a ] [ -c charset ] [ -u url ] [ file ... ]
Fmt copies the given files (standard input by default) to its standard output, filling and indenting lines. The options are
- -l n
- Output line length is n, including indent (default 70).
- -w n
- A synonym for -l.
- -i n
- Indent n spaces (default 0).
- Do not join short lines: only fold long lines.
Empty lines and initial white space in input lines are preserved. Empty lines are inserted between input files.
Fmt is idempotent: it leaves already formatted text unchanged.
Htmlfmt performs a similar service, but accepts as input text formatted with HTML tags. It accepts fmt's -l and -w flags and also:
- Normally htmlfmt suppresses the contents of form fields and anchors (URLs and image files); this flag causes it to print them, in square brackets.
- -c charset
- change the default character set from iso-8859-1 to charset. This is the character set assumed if there isn't one specified by the html itself in a <meta> directive.
- -u url
- Use url as the base URL for the document when displaying anchors; sets -a.
Htmlfmt makes no attempt to render the two-dimensional geometry of tables; it just treats the table entries as plain, to-be-formatted text.