COLUMN(1) COLUMN(1) NAME col, 2-6, mc, fold, expand - column alignment SYNOPSIS col [ -bfx ] 2 [ file ] ind [ prefix ] fold [ -N ] [ file ] ... mc [ - ] [ -N ] [ -t ] [ file ] ... expand [ -stops ] [ file ] ... DESCRIPTION These programs rearrange files for appearance's sake. All read the standard input and write the standard output. Some optionally read from files instead. Col overlays lines to expunge reverse line feeds (ESC-7) and half line feeds (ESC-9 and ESC-8) as produced by nroff for .2C in ms(7) and for tbl(1). It normally emits only full line feeds; option -f (fine) allows half line feeds too. Option -b removes backspaces, printing just one of each pile of overstruck characters. Col normally converts white space to tabs; option -x overrides this feature. Other escaped characters and non-printing characters, except for SO and SI, are ignored. Col should not be used for printing on an HP ThinkJet printer with think(9.1), which performs the col function itself. Commands 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 convert their input to 2-, 3-, 4-, 5-, or 6-column form. Mc prints in as many columns as will fit on N-column `paper' (default n=80). If an input line ends in a colon `:', a `break' occurs; thus `ls directory1 directory2 | mc' lists each directory separately. This feature is suppressed if option - is present, or if input is from a file. On output, multiple spaces are converted to tabs; this is suppressed by option -t. Expand replaces tabs by spaces. The optional stops argument is a comma-separated of tab stop postions, counted from 0; default is every 8 columns. COLUMN(1) COLUMN(1) Fold inserts newlines after each N characters (default n=80) of long lines. EXAMPLE tbl file | nroff -ms | col | hp FILES /etc/termcap SEE ALSO pr(1) BUGS Col can't back up more than 128 lines or handle more than 800 characters per line, and understands VT (013) as reverse line feed.