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EXPAND(1) User Commands EXPAND(1)


expand - manual page for expand 8.32


expand [OPTION]... [FILE]...


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.

do not convert tabs after non blanks
have tabs N characters apart, not 8
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
display this help and exit
output version information and exit

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August 2022 GNU coreutils 8.32