will pico or nano fix this?

Linux for blind general discussion blinux-list at redhat.com
Sat Jul 8 00:40:22 UTC 2017

Hi Tim,
ding ding ding!!
that  did the job thanks.  I did not  need the file to tap dance,  just read 
without pausing in strange ways.
Will remember fmt in future to be sure.
Thanks again,

On Fri, 7 Jul 2017, Linux for blind general discussion wrote:

> Tim here.  You could try running it through the "fmt" utility to
> reformat paragraphs, assuming each paragraph has a blank line between
> it.  To reformat it to 80-columns wide, you could do
> $ fmt -80 < short_lines.txt > nice_and_wide.txt
> My version here has a maximum allowed width of 2500 apparently, in
> case you want to try and make them as long as possible.
> If that doesn't do what you want, you'd have to provide a sample
> excerpt of the file (or redacted text in a similar format, especially
> when it comes to line-breaks and paragraph breaks) to test against.
> But hopefully that above invocation solves it for you
> -tim
> On July  7, 2017, Linux for blind general discussion wrote:
>> Hi All,
>> We have both editors here at shellworld.  Here is the situation.
>> using pdftotext I converted a large file.  the resulting text
>> though has very very  short lines with hrt, return keys at the end
>> of them. As if the file was intended to be read in a very small
>> space. I repaired a file like this once, but cannot remember how.
>> Any tips?
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