Formatting Text Files for Viewing and Printing in Linux

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The commands offer ways to take plain text files and tidy them up or present them differently for display or printing.

The pr command takes a text file and splits it into pages of text separated by a number of newlines with a header on each page.

The fold command reformats a text file by breaking long lines.

The fmt command takes some text (say an article that you have written in a text editor) and does some sensible reformatting to it.

The a2ps command converts a text file to PostScript and either creates a file or sends it to the printer.

The enscript command does the same thing as a2ps.

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