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commit 909ffd5bf754ec6f89c4e5d83804ae33f9bb0f54
parent 45086e76f98031809c4ed406c25fb06296a2317f
Author: sin <>
Date:   Mon Dec  8 15:07:19 +0000

Update cols manpage

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cols.c | 2+-
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diff --git a/cols.1 b/cols.1 @@ -1,34 +1,40 @@ -.TH COLS 1 sbase\-VERSION -.SH NAME -cols \- columnize output -.SH SYNOPSIS -.B cols -.RB [ \-c -.IR chars ] -.RI [ file ...] -.SH DESCRIPTION -.B cols +.Dd December 8, 2014 +.Dt COLS 1 sbase\-VERSION +.Os +.Sh NAME +.Nm cols +.Nd columnize output +.Sh SYNOPSIS +.Nm cols +.Op Fl c Ar chars +.Op Ar file ... +.Sh DESCRIPTION +.Nm reads each file in sequence and writes them to stdout, in as many vertical columns as will fit in -.I chars +.Ar chars character columns. If no file is given, cols reads from stdin. -.SH OPTIONS -.TP -.BI \-c " chars" -specifies the maximum number of character columns to use +.Sh OPTIONS +.Bl -tag -width xxxxxxxx +.It Fl c Ar chars +Specifies the maximum number of character columns to use (unless the input contains lines longer than -.I chars +.Ar chars characters). By default cols tries to figure out the width of the output device, if that fails it defaults to 65 chars. -.SH BUGS +.Sh BUGS This implementation of -.B cols -assumes that every byte is a character -which takes up one column on the screen. -It does not handle TAB characters correctly. -.B cols +.Nm +assumes that each UTF-8 code point occupies one character cell, +and thus mishandles TAB characters (among others). +.Pp +.Nm currently mangles files which contain embedded NULs. -.B cols -does not allow the user to set a default width in its environment. +.Sh HISTORY +.Nm +is similar to the mc(1) command on Plan 9. It was renamed to +.Nm +to avoid the name collision with the popular file manager +Midnight Commander. diff --git a/cols.c b/cols.c @@ -20,7 +20,7 @@ static long n_rows; static void usage(void) { - eprintf("usage: %s [-c chars] [FILE...]\n", argv0); + eprintf("usage: %s [-c chars] [file ...]\n", argv0); } int