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LAM(1)                  FreeBSD General Commands Manual                 LAM(1)

     lam - laminate files

     lam [-f min.max] [-s sepstring] [-t c] file ...
     lam [-p min.max] [-s sepstring] [-t c] file ...

     The lam utility copies the named files side by side onto the standard
     output.  The n-th input lines from the input files are considered
     fragments of the single long n-th output line into which they are
     assembled.  The name `-' means the standard input, and may be repeated.

     Normally, each option affects only the file after it.  If the option
     letter is capitalized it affects all subsequent files until it appears
     again uncapitalized.  The options are described below:

     -f min.max
             Print line fragments according to the format string min.max,
             where min is the minimum field width and max the maximum field
             width.  If min begins with a zero, zeros will be added to make up
             the field width, and if it begins with a `-', the fragment will
             be left-adjusted within the field.

     -p min.max
             Like -f, but pad this file's field when end-of-file is reached
             and other files are still active.

     -s sepstring
             Print sepstring before printing line fragments from the next
             file.  This option may appear after the last file.

     -t c    The input line terminator is c instead of a newline.  The newline
             normally appended to each output line is omitted.

     To print files simultaneously for easy viewing use pr(1).

     The command

     lam file1 file2 file3 file4

     joins 4 files together along each line.  To merge the lines from four
     different files use

     lam file1 -S "\
     " file2 file3 file4

     Every 2 lines of a file may be joined on one line with

     lam - - < file

     and a form letter with substitutions keyed by `@' can be done with

     lam -t @ letter changes

     join(1), paste(1), pr(1), printf(3)

     Some of the functionality of lam is standardized as the paste(1) utility
     by IEEE Std 1003.2 (``POSIX.2'').

     The lam utility first appeared in 4.2BSD.

     The lam utility does not recognize multibyte characters.

FreeBSD 11.0-PRERELEASE         August 12, 2004        FreeBSD 11.0-PRERELEASE


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