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PR(1)				 User Commands				 PR(1)

       pr - convert text files for printing

       pr [OPTION]... [FILE]...

       Paginate or columnate FILE(s) for printing.

       Mandatory  arguments  to	 long  options are mandatory for short options

	      begin [stop] printing with page FIRST_[LAST_]PAGE

       -COLUMN, --columns=COLUMN
	      output COLUMN columns and print columns down, unless -a is used.
	      Balance number of lines in the columns on each page

       -a, --across
	      print  columns across rather than down, used together with -COL‐

       -c, --show-control-chars
	      use hat notation (^G) and octal backslash notation

       -d, --double-space
	      double space the output

       -D, --date-format=FORMAT
	      use FORMAT for the header date

       -e[CHAR[WIDTH]], --expand-tabs[=CHAR[WIDTH]]
	      expand input CHARs (TABs) to tab WIDTH (8)

       -F, -f, --form-feed
	      use form feeds instead of	 newlines  to  separate	 pages	(by  a
	      3-line  page header with -F or a 5-line header and trailer with‐
	      out -F)

       -h, --header=HEADER
	      use a centered HEADER instead of filename in page header, -h  ""
	      prints a blank line, don't use -h""

       -i[CHAR[WIDTH]], --output-tabs[=CHAR[WIDTH]]
	      replace spaces with CHARs (TABs) to tab WIDTH (8)

       -J, --join-lines
	      merge full lines, turns off -W line truncation, no column align‐
	      ment, --sep-string[=STRING] sets separators

       -l, --length=PAGE_LENGTH
	      set the page length to PAGE_LENGTH (66) lines (default number of
	      lines of text 56, and with -F 63)

       -m, --merge
	      print all files in parallel, one in each column, truncate lines,
	      but join lines of full length with -J

       -n[SEP[DIGITS]], --number-lines[=SEP[DIGITS]]
	      number lines, use DIGITS (5) digits,  then  SEP  (TAB),  default
	      counting starts with 1st line of input file

       -N, --first-line-number=NUMBER
	      start  counting  with  NUMBER  at 1st line of first page printed
	      (see +FIRST_PAGE)

       -o, --indent=MARGIN
	      offset each line with MARGIN (zero) spaces, do not affect -w  or
	      -W, MARGIN will be added to PAGE_WIDTH

       -r, --no-file-warnings
	      omit warning when a file cannot be opened

       -s[CHAR], --separator[=CHAR]
	      separate	columns by a single character, default for CHAR is the
	      <TAB> character without -w and 'no char' with -w -s[CHAR]	 turns
	      off  line	 truncation  of all 3 column options (-COLUMN|-a -COL‐
	      UMN|-m) except -w is set

       -S[STRING], --sep-string[=STRING]
	      separate columns by STRING, without -S: Default separator	 <TAB>
	      with -J and <space> otherwise (same as -S" "), no effect on col‐
	      umn options

       -t, --omit-header
	      omit page headers and trailers

       -T, --omit-pagination
	      omit page headers and trailers, eliminate any pagination by form
	      feeds set in input files

       -v, --show-nonprinting
	      use octal backslash notation

       -w, --width=PAGE_WIDTH
	      set  page	 width	to  PAGE_WIDTH	(72)  characters  for multiple
	      text-column output only, -s[char] turns off (72)

       -W, --page-width=PAGE_WIDTH
	      set page width to PAGE_WIDTH (72)	 characters  always,  truncate
	      lines, except -J option is set, no interference with -S or -s

       --help display this help and exit

	      output version information and exit

       -t  is  implied if PAGE_LENGTH <= 10.  With no FILE, or when FILE is -,
       read standard input.

       Written by Pete TerMaat and Roland Huebner.

       Report pr bugs to
       GNU coreutils home page: <>
       General help using GNU software: <>
       Report pr translation bugs to <>

       Packaged by Gentoo (8.21 (p1.0))
       Copyright (C) 2013 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
       License	   GPLv3+:     GNU     GPL     version	   3	 or	 later
       This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it.
       There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.

       The  full  documentation	 for pr is maintained as a Texinfo manual.  If
       the info and pr programs are properly installed at your site, the  com‐

	      info coreutils 'pr invocation'

       should give you access to the complete manual.

GNU coreutils 8.21		 February 2013				 PR(1)

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