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newform(1)			 User Commands			    newform(1)

NAME
       newform - change	the format of a	text file

SYNOPSIS
       newform	[-s]  [-itabspec]  [-otabspec]	[-bn]  [-en]  [-pn] [-an] [-f]
       [-cchar]	[-ln] [filename...]

DESCRIPTION
       newform reads lines from	the named filenames, or	the standard input  if
       no  input  file is named, and reproduces	the lines on the standard out-
       put. Lines are reformatted in accordance	with command line  options  in
       effect.

       Except for -s, command line options may appear in any order, may	be re-
       peated, and may be intermingled with the	 optional  filenames.  Command
       line  options are processed in the order	specified. This	means that op-
       tion sequences like ``-e15 -l60'' will  yield  results  different  from
       ``-l60  -e15''.	Options	 are  applied  to all filenames	on the command
       line.

OPTIONS
       The following options are supported:

       -s	       Shears off leading characters on	each line  up  to  the
		       first  tab and places up	to 8 of	the sheared characters
		       at the end of the line. If more than 8 characters  (not
		       counting	the first tab) are sheared, the	eighth charac-
		       ter is replaced by a * and any characters to the	 right
		       of it are discarded. The	first tab is always discarded.

		       An  error  message  and program exit will occur if this
		       option is used on a file	without	a tab  on  each	 line.
		       The  characters	sheared	off are	saved internally until
		       all other options specified are applied to  that	 line.
		       The  characters	are  then added	at the end of the pro-
		       cessed line.

		       For example, to convert a file with leading digits, one
		       or  more	 tabs, and text	on each	line, to a file	begin-
		       ning with the text, all tabs after the  first  expanded
		       to  spaces,  padded  with  spaces  out to column	72 (or
		       truncated to column 72),	and the	leading	digits	placed
		       starting	at column 73, the command would	be:

		       newform -s -i -l	-a -e filename

       -itabspec       Input  tab  specification:  expands tabs	to spaces, ac-
		       cording to the tab specifications given.	Tabspec	recog-
		       nizes all tab specification forms described in tabs(1).
		       In addition, tabspec may	be -, in which newform assumes
		       that  the tab specification is to be found in the first
		       line read from the standard input (see fspec(4)). If no
		       tabspec	is given, tabspec defaults to -8. A tabspec of
		       -0 expects no tabs; if any are found, they are  treated
		       as -1.

       -otabspec       Output  tab specification: replaces spaces by tabs, ac-
		       cording to the tab specifications given.	The tab	speci-
		       fications  are the same as for -itabspec. If no tabspec
		       is given, tabspec defaults to -8. A tabspec of -0 means
		       that no spaces will be converted	to tabs	on output.

       -bn	       Truncate	 n  characters	from the beginning of the line
		       when the	line length is greater than the	effective line
		       length  (see -ln). Default is to	truncate the number of
		       characters  necessary  to  obtain  the  effective  line
		       length.	The default value is used when -b with no n is
		       used. This option can be	used to	 delete	 the  sequence
		       numbers from a COBOL program as follows:

		       newform -l1 -b7 filename

       -en	       Same  as	 -bn except that characters are	truncated from
		       the end of the line.

       -pn	       Prefix n	characters (see	-cchar)	to the beginning of  a
		       line  when  the	line length is less than the effective
		       line length. Default is to prefix the number of charac-
		       ters necessary to obtain	the effective line length.

       -an	       Same  as	 -pn except characters are appended to the end
		       of a line.

       -f	       Write the tab specification format line on the standard
		       output before any other lines are output. The tab spec-
		       ification format	line which is printed will  correspond
		       to the format specified in the last -o option. If no -o
		       option is specified, the	line  which  is	 printed  will
		       contain the default specification of -8.

       -cchar	       Change  the  prefix/append  character  to char. Default
		       character for char is a space.

       -ln	       Set the effective line length to	n characters. If n  is
		       not entered, -l defaults	to 72. The default line	length
		       without the -l option is	80 characters. Note:  Tabs and
		       backspaces  are	considered to be one character (use -i
		       to expand tabs to spaces).

		       The -l1 must be used to set the effective  line	length
		       shorter	than any existing line in the file so that the
		       -b option is activated.

OPERANDS
       The following operand is	supported:

       filename	       Input file

EXIT STATUS
       The following exit values are returned:

       0	Successful operation.

       1	Operation failed.

ATTRIBUTES
       See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following attributes:

       +-----------------------------+-----------------------------+
       |      ATTRIBUTE	TYPE	     |	    ATTRIBUTE VALUE	   |
       |Availability		     |SUNWesu			   |
       +-----------------------------+-----------------------------+

SEE ALSO
       csplit(1), tabs(1), fspec(4), attributes(5)

DIAGNOSTICS
       All diagnostics are fatal.

       usage:  ...

	   newform was called with a bad option.

       "not -s format"

	   There was no	tab on one line.

       "can't open file"

	   Self-explanatory.

       "internal line too long"

	   A line exceeds 512 characters after being expanded in the  internal
	   work	buffer.

       "tabspec	in error"

	   A  tab  specification  is  incorrectly  formatted, or specified tab
	   stops are not ascending.

       "tabspec	indirection illegal"

	   A tabspec read from a file (or standard input) may  not  contain  a
	   tabspec referencing another file (or	standard input).

NOTES
       newform	normally only keeps track of physical characters; however, for
       the -i and -o options, newform will keep	track of backspaces  in	 order
       to line up tabs in the appropriate logical columns.

       newform	will  not  prompt the user if a	tabspec	is to be read from the
       standard	input (by use of -i- or	-o-).

       If the -f option	is used, and the last -o option	specified was -o-, and
       was  preceded  by  either  a -o-	or a -i-, the tab specification	format
       line will be incorrect.

SunOS 5.10			  21 Jul 1997			    newform(1)

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