PR(1)                                                       PR(1)

NAME
       pr - convert text files for printing

SYNOPSIS
       pr [+PAGE] [-COLUMN] [-abcdfFmrtv] [-e[in-tab-char[in-tab-
       width]]] [-h header] [-i[out-tab-char[out-tab-width]]] [-l
       page-length]  [-n[number-separator[digits]]] [-o left-mar-
       gin]  [-s[column-separator]]  [-w   page-width]   [--help]
       [--version] [file...]

DESCRIPTION
       This  manual  page  documents  the  GNU version of pr.  pr
       prints on the standard output a paginated  and  optionally
       multicolumn  copy  of  the text files given on the command
       line, or of the standard input if no files  are  given  or
       when  the file name `-' is encountered.  Form feeds in the
       input cause page breaks in the output.

   OPTIONS
       +PAGE  Begin printing with page PAGE.

       -COLUMN
              Produce  COLUMN-column  output  and  print  columns
              down.   The column width is automatically decreased
              as COLUMN increases; unless you use the  -w  option
              to  increase  the  page  width as well, this option
              might cause some columns to be truncated.

       -a     Print columns across rather than down.

       -b     Balance columns on the last page.

       -c     Print control characters using hat notation  (e.g.,
              `^G');  print other unprintable characters in octal
              backslash notation.

       -d     Double space the output.

       -e[in-tab-char[in-tab-width]]
              Expand tabs to spaces on input.  Optional  argument
              in-tab-char  is  the  input  tab character, default
              tab.  Optional argument in-tab-width is  the  input
              tab character's width, default 8.

       -F, -f Use a formfeed instead of newlines to separate out-
              put pages.

       -h header
              Replace the filename in the header with the  string
              header.

       --help Print  a  usage message and exit with a status code
              indicating success.

       -i[out-tab-char[out-tab-width]]
              Replace spaces with tabs on output.  Optional argu-
              ment  out-tab-char  is  the  output  tab character,
              default tab.  Optional  argument  out-tab-width  is
              the output tab character's width, default 8.

       -l page-length
              Set  the  page  length  to  page-length lines.  The
              default is 66.  If page-length is less than 10, the
              headers  and  footers  are  omitted,  as  if the -t
              option had been given.

       -m     Print all files in parallel, one in each column.

       -n[number-separator[digits]]
              Precede each column with a line number; with paral-
              lel  files,  precede  each line with a line number.
              Optional argument number-separator is the character
              to  print after each number, default tab.  Optional
              argument digits is the number of  digits  per  line
              number, default 5.

       -o left-margin
              Offset  each  line with a margin left-margin spaces
              wide.  The total page width is this offset plus the
              width set with the -w option.

       -r     Do  not  print  a  warning message when an argument
              file cannot be opened.   Failure  to  open  a  file
              still makes the exit status nonzero, however.

       -s[column-separator]
              Separate  columns  by  the single character column-
              separator, default tab, instead of spaces.

       -t     Do not print  the  5-line  header  and  the  5-line
              trailer  that are normally on each page, and do not
              fill out the bottoms of pages (with blank lines  or
              formfeeds).

       -v     Print  unprintable  characters  in  octal backslash
              notation.

       --version
              Print version information on standard  output  then
              exit.

       -w page-width
              Set  the  page  width  to  page-width columns.  The
              default is 72.

FSF                     GNU Text Utilities                      1