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indent(1)							     indent(1)

       indent - indent and format C program source

       indent input [output] [flags]

       The  command  is intended primarily as a C program formatter.  Specifi‐
       cally, indents code lines, aligns comments, inserts spaces around oper‐
       ators  where  necessary	and  breaks  up	 declaration lists as in ``int

       The command does not break up long statements to make them  fit	within
       the  maximum  line  length,  but	 it does flag lines that are too long.
       Lines are broken so that each statement starts a new line,  and	braces
       appear  alone  on  a line.  Also, an attempt is made to line up identi‐
       fiers in declarations.

       The flags that can be specified follow. They can appear before or after
       the  file  names.  If the output file is omitted, the formatted file is
       written back into input and a ``backup'' copy of input  is  written  in
       the  current  directory.	  If  input  is named ``/blah/blah/file'', the
       backup file is named ``.Bfile''.	 If output  is	specified,  checks  to
       make sure it is different from input.

       The  following options are used to control the formatting style imposed

       -lnnn	   Determines maximum length of output line.  The  default  is

       -cnnn	   Determines  column in which comments start.	The default is

       -cdnnn	   Determines column in which comments on declarations	start.
		   The default is for these comments to start in the same col‐
		   umn as other comments.

       -innn	   Determines number of spaces for one indentation level.  The
		   default is 4.

       -dj,-ndj	   Causes declarations to be left justified.  -ndj causes them
		   to be indented the same as code.  The default is -ndj.

       -v,-nv	   -v turns on ``verbose'' mode, -nv turns it  off.   When  in
		   verbose mode, reports when it splits one line of input into
		   two or more lines of output, and it gives some size statis‐
		   tics at completion.	The default is -nv.

       -bc,-nbc	   Forces  newline  after  each	 comma in a declaration.  -nbc
		   turns off this option.  The default is -bc.

       -dnnn	   Controls the placement of comments which  are  not  to  the
		   right of code.  Specifying -d2 means that such comments are
		   placed two indentation levels to the	 left  of  code.   The
		   default -d0 lines up these comments with the code.  See the
		   section on comment indentation below.

       -br,-bl	   Specifying -bl causes complex statements to be lined up  in
		   a space order.  For example,
		      if (...)
		   Specifying -br (the default) makes them look like this:
		      if (...) {

       You may set up your own ``profile'' of defaults to by creating the file
       ``'' in your login directory and including whatever switches
       you  like.  If is run and a profile file exists, then it is read to set
       up the program's defaults.   Switches  on  the  command	line,  though,
       always  override	 profile  switches.  The profile file must be a single
       line of not more than 127 characters.  The switches should be separated
       on the line by spaces or tabs.

       Multiline expressions

       The  command does not break up complicated expressions that extend over
       multiple lines.	However, it usually indents such expressions that have
       already	been  broken up correctly.  Such an expression might look like
       the following:
       x =
		   (Arbitrary parenthesized expression)
		       (Parenthesized expression)
		       (Parenthesized expression)


       The command recognizes the following four kinds of comments:

       1)  straight text

       2)  ``box'' comments

       3)  UNIX-style comments

       4)  comments that should be passed through unchanged

       The comments are interpreted as follows:

       ``Box'' comments	   The command assumes that any comment	 with  a  dash
			   immediately	 after	the  start  of	comment	 (i.e.
			   ``/*-'') is a comment surrounded by a box of stars.
			   Each	 line  of  such	 a  comment is left unchanged,
			   except that the first non-blank character  of  each
			   successive  line  is	 lined	up  with the beginning
			   slash of the first line.  Box comments are indented
			   (see below).

       ``Unix-style'' comments
			   This	 is  the  type of section header which is used
			   extensively in the  UNIX  system  source.   If  the
			   start  of  comment  (``/*'')	 appears  on a line by
			   itself, assumes that it is  a  UNIX-style  comment.
			   These are treated similarly to box comments, except
			   the first non-blank character on each line is lined
			   up with the `*' of the ``/*''.

       Unchanged comments  Any	comment	 which starts in column 1 is left com‐
			   pletely unchanged.  This is intended primarily  for
			   documentation   header   pages.    The   check  for
			   unchanged comments is made  before  the  check  for
			   UNIX-style comments.

       Straight text	   All	other  comments	 are treated as straight text.
			   Indent fits as many	words  (separated  by  blanks,
			   tabs,   or  new  lines)  on	a  line	 as  possible.
			   Straight text comments are indented.

       Comment indentation

       Box, UNIX-style, and straight text comments may be indented.  If a com‐
       ment  is	 on  a line with code it is started in the ``comment column'',
       which is set by the -cnnn command line parameter.  Otherwise, the  com‐
       ment  is started at nnn indentation levels less than where code is cur‐
       rently being placed, where nnn is specified by the -dnnn	 command  line
       parameter.  (Indented comments is never be placed in column 1.)	If the
       code on a line extends past the comment column, the comment is moved to
       the next line.

       Does not know how to format ``long'' declarations.

       Diagnostic  error  messages,  mostly  to tell that a text line has been
       broken or is too long for the output line.

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