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expand - convert tabs to spaces


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.

-i, --initial
do not convert tabs after non blanks

-t, --tabs=NUMBER
have tabs NUMBER characters apart, not 8

-t, --tabs=LIST
use comma separated list of explicit tab positions

--help display this help and exit

output version information and exit


Written by David MacKenzie.

Reporting Bugs

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Copyright (C) 2006 Free Software Foundation, Inc. This is free software. You may redistribute copies of it under the terms of the GNU General Public License <>. There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.

See Also


The full documentation for expand is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If the info and expand programs are properly installed at your site, the command

info expand

should give you access to the complete manual.

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