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       reformat - tool to simple format plain ascii texts


       reformat [-h] [-j] [-l margin] [-p] [-w width]


       reformat is a simple tool to reformat plain texts. reformat reads from stdin and writes to

       Available options are:

       -h  prints usage information

       -j  switch justify mode: Each line of a paragraph will have the same width (see -w
           option). To reach this, spaces (' ') will be added between words.  Default: disabled

       -l left-margin
           Sets the left margin to left-margin. The margin is produced by left-margin spaces ('
           '), no tabs will be used. Default: 0

       -p  Accept lines beginning with a whitespace as usual paragraphs, too.

       -w width
           Sets the paragraph width to width. No reformatted line will be longer than width (plus
           defined margins) then. Default: 72


       ·   reformat isn't an intelligent program. It just reads a whole paragraph into a buffer
           and then reformats it. The end of a paragraph is indicated by an empty line (may also
           contain spaces or tabs) or at a line beginning with whitespaces (if you don't use -p

           Lines beginning with whitespaces are lines to keep untouched. Nothing happens with
           them, unless you use -p option (as just mentioned).

       ·   reformat doesn't look for hyphenation and hyphens at all. It won't make new lines when
           reached a hyphen. reformat works word-by-word.

       ·   reformat doesn't detect 'small paragraphs' (paragraphs without an empty line).

       ·   Check for errors! If reformat detects a word with a length greater than the specified
           width, it will abort.

       ·   reformat has problems with control characters. Some text documents contain the ^L
           character (0x0c), for example.


       Planned features are:

       ·   Fix some problems, see "LIMITATIONS".

       ·   Add an option to declare a string that indicates "don't reformat" in the text. Would
           be nice on reformatting emails, and don't touch the quoteas ('> '-lines).

       ·   Add an option (e.g. -i) to keep indenting.


       reformat < foo > bar
           Reads text from foo, reformats and writes to bar.

       reformat -l 15 -j -w 50 < foo
           Nice justified, centered text from file foo on an 80x25 terminal.




       (C) Stephan Beyer <>, 2003-2004, GPL