fmt command-and-other things?

Jude DaShiell jdashiel at
Sat Jun 4 23:30:42 UTC 2011

fmt -127 < juneissue >juneissue.txt <cr> I think should do what you 
Remember, fmt regards blank lines as paragraph breaks.

On Sat, 4 Jun 2011, Hart Larry wrote:

> Well, good to see this list coming alive--and-I guess Tim's on a roll.
> I converted a pdf and since there are mostly only 38 characters accross an
> average line, I understand fmt for format will alter this?  However, in
> reading the man-page, seems to be written in a style of a mathamatical
> equation.  Can some1 please explain an exact sequence to convert a file
> june-issue.txt
> to at least 127 columns.  Can I do this without renaming, or is that a must?
> When I was successful--and-used the same name, it says, "already exsists"
> Here on shellworld, a freebsd system, somewhat different fmt from the version
> I have on my hard-drive in debian squeeze.
> Now, somewhat unrelated, on my hard-drive, I would like to greatly expand
> number of lines-and-columns from my current 48lines by 127columns.  Some1 from
> our LUG says there's something unusual about my Intel hardware, as he has
> somewhere around 73lines.
> Is their something I can try on the fly, without rebooting, to see if we can
> increase?
> Thanks in advance on both these subjects
> Hart
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