fmt(1) -- Linux man page

 

NAME

fmt - simple optimal text formatter  

SYNOPSIS

fmt [-DIGITS] [OPTION]... [FILE]...  

DESCRIPTION

Reformat each paragraph in the FILE(s), writing to standard output. If no FILE or if 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
combine only lines having STRING as prefix
-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)
--help
display this help and exit
--version
output version information and exit

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

AUTHOR

Written by Ross Paterson.  

REPORTING BUGS

Report bugs to <bug-coreutils@gnu.org>.  

COPYRIGHT

Copyright © 2004 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
This is free software; see the source for copying conditions. There is NO warranty; not even for MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  

SEE ALSO

The full documentation for fmt is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If the info and fmt programs are properly installed at your site, the command
info coreutils fmt

should give you access to the complete manual.