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bug#13786: pr command does not fold

From: Pádraig Brady
Subject: bug#13786: pr command does not fold
Date: Fri, 22 Feb 2013 23:17:39 +0000
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tag 13786 notabug
close 13786

On 02/22/2013 10:14 AM, Doh Smith wrote:

I could not get the pr command to fold the lines. Is this a bug?

I am using pr (GNU coreutils) 8.13 under GNU bash 4.2.24.

Here is an example - the following pr command produced an output that
instead of folding a long line of text in the first column, it cuts it off:

$ echo "Snow with areas of blowing snow.  Low around 24. East wind around
15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 100%.
Total nighttime snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible." | pr -F

2013-02-22 04:08                                                  Page 1

Snow with areas of blowing snow.  L

fold or fmt are used to wrap text.
It can then be passed on to pr for
further layout and truncation:
You can paste this command to a terminal for illustration:

for i in $(seq 22); do
  seq -f '%03.f' 1 $i |
  fmt -w20 |
  pr -t -c2 -w40 -s'|'
  sleep 1


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