unexpand (1)

Quick Reference

Convert spaces to tabs.

  • Convert blanks in each file to tabs, writing to standard output:

unexpand {{file}}

  • Convert blanks to tabs, reading from standard output:

unexpand

  • Convert all blanks, instead of just initial blanks:

unexpand -a {{file}}

  • Convert only leading sequences of blanks (overrides -a):

unexpand --first-only {{file}}

  • Have tabs a certain number of characters apart, not 8 (enables -a):

unexpand -t {{number}} {{file}}

NAME

unexpand - convert spaces to tabs

SYNOPSIS

unexpand [ OPTION]... [FILE]...

DESCRIPTION

Convert blanks in each FILE to tabs, 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.
-a, --all
convert all blanks, instead of just initial blanks
--first-only
convert only leading sequences of blanks (overrides -a)
-t, --tabs=N
have tabs N characters apart instead of 8 (enables -a)
-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 unexpand translation bugs to <https://translationproject.org/team/>

SEE ALSO

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

Information

Source
Coreutils
OS/version
GNU coreutils 8.29.13-0a854
Source updated
December 2, 2018
Page created
February 9, 2018
Page generated
December 2, 2018