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8.5.1 columns help/usage (‘--help’)

This is the automatically generated usage text for columns.

The text printed is the same whether selected with the help option (‘--help’) or the more-help option (‘--more-help’). more-help will print the usage text by passing it through a pager program. more-help is disabled on platforms without a working fork(2) function. The PAGER environment variable is used to select the program, defaulting to ‘more’. Both will exit with a status code of 0.

 
columns (GNU AutoGen) - Columnize Input Text - Ver. 1.2
Usage:  columns [ -<flag> [<val>] | --<name>[{=| }<val>] ]...

Specify the output dimensions:

  Flg Arg Option-Name    Description
   -W Num width          Maximum Line Width
                                - it must be in the range:
                                  16 to 4095
   -c Num columns        Desired number of columns
                                - it must be in the range:
                                  1 to 2048
   -w Num col-width      Set width of each column
                                - it must be in the range:
                                  1 to 2048
      Num tab-width      tab width

Specify how to lay out the text:

  Flg Arg Option-Name    Description
      Num spread         maximum spread added to column width
                                - it must be in the range:
                                  1 to 1024
      no  fill           Fill lines with input
                                - prohibits these options:
                                spread
                                col-width
                                by-columns
   -I Str indent         Line prefix or indentation
      Str first-indent   First line prefix
                                - requires the option 'indent'
   -f Str format         Formatting string for each input
   -S Str separation     Separation string - follows all but last
      Str line-separation string at end of all lines but last
      Str ending         string at end of last line

Specify the ordering of the entries:

  Flg Arg Option-Name    Description
      no  by-columns     Print entries in column order
   -s opt sort           Sort input text

Redirecting stdin to an alternate file:

  Flg Arg Option-Name    Description
   -i Str input          Input file (if not stdin)

Version, usage and configuration options:

  Flg Arg Option-Name    Description
   -v opt version        output version information and exit
   -? no  help           display extended usage information and exit
   -! no  more-help      extended usage information passed thru pager
   -> opt save-opts      save the option state to a config file
   -< Str load-opts      load options from a config file
                                - disabled as '--no-load-opts'
                                - may appear multiple times

Options are specified by doubled hyphens and their name or by a single
hyphen and the flag character.

The following option preset mechanisms are supported:
 - reading file ./.columnsrc
 - reading file $HOME/.columnsrc
 - examining environment variables named COLUMNS_*
Packaged by Bruce (2013-10-16)
Report columns bugs to bkorb@gnu.org

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