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).
−j    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:
−a    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 urlUse 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.

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