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EXPAND(1)                        User Commands                       EXPAND(1)


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 --version output version information and exit


Written by David MacKenzie.


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Copyright (C) 2010 Free Software Foundation, Inc. License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or later <>. This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it. There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.


unexpand(1) 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 coreutils 'expand invocation' should give you access to the complete manual. GNU coreutils 8.4 July 2014 EXPAND(1)