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expand

convert tabs to spaces

- Convert tabs in each file to spaces, writing to standard output:
expand [file]

- Convert tabs to spaces, reading from standard input:
expand

- Do not convert tabs after non blanks:
expand -i [file]

- Have tabs a certain number of characters apart, not 8:
expand -t=[number] [file]

- Use comma separated list of explicit tab positions:
expand -t=[list]

expand [,OPTION/]... [,FILE/]...

Convert tabs in each FILE to spaces, writing to standard output.

With no FILE, or when FILE is -, read standard input.

Mandatory arguments to long options are mandatory for short options too.

-i, --initial
do not convert tabs after non blanks
-t, --tabs=,NUMBER/
have tabs NUMBER characters apart, not 8
-t, --tabs=,LIST/
use comma separated list of explicit tab positions
--help
display this help and exit
--version
output version information and exit

Written by David MacKenzie.

GNU coreutils online help: <http://www.gnu.org/software/coreutils/> Report expand translation bugs to <http://translationproject.org/team/>

Copyright © 2016 Free Software Foundation, Inc. License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or later <http://gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html>. This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it. There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.

unexpand(1)

Full documentation at: <http://www.gnu.org/software/coreutils/expand> or available locally via: info '(coreutils) expand invocation'

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