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     fold - filter for folding lines

     fold [-bs] [-w width | -width]  [file...]

     The fold utility is a filter that will fold lines  from  its
     input  files,  breaking the lines to have a maximum of width
     column positions (or bytes, if the -b option is  specified).
     Lines will be broken by the insertion of a NEWLINE character
     such that each output line (referred to later in  this  sec-
     tion  as  a segment) is the maximum width possible that does
     not exceed the specified  number  of  column  positions  (or
     bytes). A line will not be broken in the middle of a charac-
     ter. The behavior is undefined if width  is  less  than  the
     number  of  columns  any single character in the input would

     If the CARRIAGE-RETURN, BACKSPACE,  or  TAB  characters  are
     encountered  in  the  input, and the -b option is not speci-
     fied, they will be treated specially:

     BACKSPACE               The current count of line width will
                             be  decremented by one, although the
                             count never  will  become  negative.
                             fold will not insert a NEWLINE char-
                             acter immediately  before  or  after
                             any BACKSPACE character.

     CARRIAGE-RETURN         The current count of line width will
                             be  set to 0. fold will not insert a
                             NEWLINE character immediately before
                             or after any CARRIAGE-RETURN charac-

     TAB                     Each TAB character encountered  will
                             advance  the column position pointer
                             to the next tab stop. Tab stops will
                             be  at  each  column position n such
                             that n modulo 8 equals 1.

     The following options are supported:

     -b              Counts width in  bytes  rather  than  column

     -s              If a segment of  a  line  contains  a  blank
                     character  within  the  first  width  column
                     positions (or bytes), breaks the line  after
                     the  last  such  blank character meeting the
                     width constraints.  If  there  is  no  blank
                     character  meeting  the requirements, the -s
                     option will have no effect for  that  output
                     segment of the input line.

     -w width|-width Specifies the maximum line length, in column
                     positions  (or bytes if -b is specified). If
                     width is not a positive decimal  number,  an
                     error is returned. The default value is 80.

     The following operand is supported:

     file     A path name of a text file to be folded. If no file
              operands  are specified, the standard input will be

     Example 1: Submitting a file of possibly long lines  to  the
     line printer

     An example invocation that submits a file of  possibly  long
     lines  to  the  line  printer (under the assumption that the
     user knows the line width of the printer to be  assigned  by

     example% fold -w 132 bigfile | lp

     See environ(5) for descriptions of the following environment
     variables  that  affect the execution of fold: LANG, LC_ALL,

     The following exit values are returned:

     0        All input files were processed successfully.

     >0       An error occurred.

     See attributes(5) for descriptions of the  following  attri-

    |       ATTRIBUTE TYPE        |       ATTRIBUTE VALUE       |
    | Availability                | SUNWcsu                     |
    | CSI                         | enabled                     |
    | Interface Stability         | Standard                    |

     cut(1), pr(1), attributes(5), environ(5), standards(5)

     fold and cut(1) can be used to  create  text  files  out  of
     files  with arbitrary line lengths. fold should be used when
     the contents of long lines need to be kept  contiguous.  cut
     should  be  used when the number of lines (or records) needs
     to remain constant.

     fold is frequently used to send text files to line  printers
     that  truncate,  rather  than  fold,  lines  wider  than the
     printer is able to print (usually 80  or  132  column  posi-

     fold may not work correctly if underlining is present.

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