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COLUMN(1)		  BSD General Commands Manual		     COLUMN(1)

NAME
     column -- columnate lists

SYNOPSIS
     column [-tx] [-c columns] [-s sep]	[file ...]

DESCRIPTION
     The column	utility	formats	its input into multiple	columns.  Rows are
     filled before columns.  Input is taken from file operands,	or, by de-
     fault, from the standard input.  Empty lines are ignored.

     The options are as	follows:

     -c	     Output is formatted for a display columns wide.

     -s	     Specify a set of characters to be used to delimit columns for the
	     -t	option.

     -t	     Determine the number of columns the input contains	and create a
	     table.  Columns are delimited with	whitespace, by default,	or
	     with the characters supplied using	the -s option.	Useful for
	     pretty-printing displays.

     -x	     Fill columns before filling rows.

ENVIRONMENT
     The COLUMNS, LANG,	LC_ALL and LC_CTYPE environment	variables affect the
     execution of column as described in environ(7).

EXIT STATUS
     The column	utility	exits 0	on success, and	>0 if an error occurs.

EXAMPLES
	   (printf "PERM LINKS OWNER GROUP SIZE	MONTH DAY " ; \
	   printf "HH:MM/YEAR NAME\n" ;	\
	   ls -l | sed 1d) | column -t

SEE ALSO
     colrm(1), ls(1), paste(1),	sort(1)

HISTORY
     The column	command	appeared in 4.3BSD-Reno.

BUGS
     Input lines are limited to	LINE_MAX (2048)	bytes in length.

BSD				 July 29, 2004				   BSD

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