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COLUMN(1)		  BSD General Commands Manual		     COLUMN(1)

NAME
     column — columnate lists

SYNOPSIS
     column [-tx] [-c columns] [-s sep] [file ...]

DESCRIPTION
     The column utility formats its input into multiple columns.  Rows are
     filled before columns.  Input is taken from file operands, or, by
     default, from the standard input.	Empty lines are ignored.

     The options are as follows:

     -c	     Output is formatted for a display columns wide.

     -s	     Specify a set of characters to be used to delimit columns for the
	     -t option.

     -t	     Determine the number of columns the input contains and create a
	     table.  Columns are delimited with whitespace, by default, or
	     with the characters supplied using the -s option.	Useful for
	     pretty-printing displays.

     -x	     Fill columns before filling rows.

     Column exits 0 on success, >0 if an error occurred.

ENVIRONMENT
     COLUMNS  The environment variable COLUMNS is used to determine the size
	      of the screen if no other information is available.

EXAMPLES
	   (printf "PERM LINKS OWNER GROUP SIZE MONTH DAY HH:MM/YEAR NAME\n" \
	   ; ls -l | sed 1d) | column -t

SEE ALSO
     colrm(1), ls(1), paste(1), sort(1)

HISTORY
     The column command appeared in 4.3BSD-Reno.

AVAILABILITY
     The column command is part of the util-linux-ng package and is available
     from ftp://ftp.kernel.org/pub/linux/utils/util-linux-ng/.

BSD				 June 6, 1993				   BSD
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