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GNU coreutils 8.32
March 2020

coreutils

The basic file, shell and text manipulation utilities of the GNU operating system

coreutils-common

coreutils common optional components

coreutils-doc

Documentation for the GNU Core Utilities

NAME

expand - convert tabs to spaces

SYNOPSIS

expand [\,OPTION\/]... [\,FILE\/]...

DESCRIPTION

Convert tabs in each FILE to spaces, writing to standard output.
With no FILE, or when FILE is -, read standard input.
Mandatory arguments to long options are mandatory for short options too.
-i, --initial
do not convert tabs after non blanks
-t, --tabs=\,N\/
have tabs N characters apart, not 8
-t, --tabs=\,LIST\/
use comma separated list of tab positions The last specified position can be prefixed with ’/’ to specify a tab size to use after the last explicitly specified tab stop. Also a prefix of ’+’ can be used to align remaining tab stops relative to the last specified tab stop instead of the first column
--help display this help and exit
--version
output version information and exit

AUTHOR

Written by David MacKenzie.

REPORTING BUGS

GNU coreutils online help: <https://www.gnu.org/software/coreutils/>
Report any translation bugs to <https://translationproject.org/team/>

COPYRIGHT

Copyright © 2020 Free Software Foundation, Inc. License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or later <https://gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html>.
This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it. There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.

SEE ALSO

unexpand(1)
Full documentation <https://www.gnu.org/software/coreutils/expand>
or available locally via: info \(aq(coreutils) expand invocation\(aq

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