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LAM(1)			  BSD General Commands Manual			LAM(1)

NAME
     lam — laminate files

SYNOPSIS
     lam [-f min.max] [-s sepstring] [-t c] file ...
     lam [-p min.max] [-s sepstring] [-t c] file ...

DESCRIPTION
     The lam utility copies the named files side by side onto the standard
     output.  The n-th input lines from the input files are considered frag‐
     ments of the single long n-th output line into which they are assembled.
     The name `-' means the standard input, and may be repeated.

     Normally, each option affects only the file after it.  If the option let‐
     ter is capitalized it affects all subsequent files until it appears again
     uncapitalized.  The options are described below:

     -f min.max
	     Print line fragments according to the format string min.max,
	     where min is the minimum field width and max the maximum field
	     width.  If min begins with a zero, zeros will be added to make up
	     the field width, and if it begins with a `-', the fragment will
	     be left-adjusted within the field.

     -p min.max
	     Like -f, but pad this file's field when end-of-file is reached
	     and other files are still active.

     -s sepstring
	     Print sepstring before printing line fragments from the next
	     file.  This option may appear after the last file.

     -t c    The input line terminator is c instead of a newline.  The newline
	     normally appended to each output line is omitted.

     To print files simultaneously for easy viewing use pr(1).

EXAMPLES
     The command

     lam file1 file2 file3 file4

     joins 4 files together along each line.  To merge the lines from four
     different files use

     lam file1 -S "\
     " file2 file3 file4

     Every 2 lines of a file may be joined on one line with

     lam - - < file

     and a form letter with substitutions keyed by `@' can be done with

     lam -t @ letter changes

SEE ALSO
     join(1), paste(1), pr(1), printf(3)

STANDARDS
     Some of the functionality of lam is standardized as the paste(1) utility
     by IEEE Std 1003.2 (“POSIX.2”).

HISTORY
     The lam utility first appeared in 4.2BSD.

BUGS
     The lam utility does not recognize multibyte characters.

BSD				August 12, 2004				   BSD
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