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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 character is replaced	by a * and any charac-
	     ters 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 processed line.

	     For  example,  to convert a file with leading digits, one or more
	     tabs, and text on each line, to a file beginning 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, according	to the
	     tab specifications	given. Tabspec recognizes all  tab  specifica-
	     tion  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 tab-
	     spec of -0	expects	no tabs; if any	are found, they	are treated as
	     -1.

       -otabspec
	     Output tab	specification: replaces	spaces by tabs,	 according  to
	     the tab specifications given. The tab specifications 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  ob-
	     tain 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	characters necessary to	obtain the ef-
	     fective 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	 specification	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  en-
	     tered,  -l	defaults to 72.	The default line length	without	the -l
	     option is 80 characters. Note:  Tabs and backspaces  are  consid-
	     ered 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 acti-
	     vated.

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	inter-
	     nal 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 5.9			  21 Jul 1997			    newform(1)

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