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       elvfmt - adjust line-length for paragraphs of text


       elvfmt [-w width | -width] [-s] [-c] [-i chars] [-C] [-M] [file]...


       This page describes the Elvis 2.2_0 version of elvfmt.  See elvis(1).


       elvfmt  is a simple text formatter.  It inserts or deletes newlines, as
       necessary, to make all lines in a paragraph be approximately  the  same
       width.  It preserves indentation and word spacing.

       If  you don’t name any files on the command line, then elvfmt will read
       from stdin.

       It is typically used from within vi(1) or elvis(1) to adjust  the  line
       breaks  in  a single paragraph.  To do this, move the cursor to the top
       of the paragraph, type "!}elvfmt", and hit <Return>.


       -w width or -width
              Use a line width of width characters instead of the  default  of
              72 characters.

       -s     Don’t join lines shorter than the line width to fill paragraphs.

       -c     Try to be smarter about crown margins.  Specifically, this tells
              elvfmt  to  expect  the  first  line of each paragraph to have a
              different indentation than subsequent lines.  If text  from  the
              first  input  line  is wrapped onto the second output line, then
              elvfmt will scan ahead to figure out what indentation it  should
              use  for  the  second  output line, instead of reusing the first
              line’s indentation.

       -i chars
              Allow the indentation text to include any character from  chars,
              in addition to spaces and tabs.  You should quote the chars list
              to protect it from the shell.

       -C and -M
              These are shortcuts for combinations of other flags.   is  short
              for    and is useful for reformatting C/C++ comments.   is short
              for  and is useful for reformatting email messages.


       vi(1), elvis(1)


       Steve Kirkendall