[ILUG] col(1)-ish tool emulating destructive ^H ?
blf at utvinternet.ie
Tue Feb 17 02:16:11 GMT 2004
| From: kevin lyda <kevin+dated+1077413703.73b08f at ie.suberic.net>
| Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2004 01:34:59 +0000
| On Mon, Feb 16, 2004 at 10:01:53PM +0100, Brian Foster wrote:
| > the problem is `col -b' emulates non-destructive BS
| > (backspace), such as happens on hardcopy printers [ ... ]
| > x BS SP
| > where <x> is any _printing_ character, is turned into
| > (by `col -b'):
| > x
| no it isn't. it's turned into SP according to the man page:
| -b Do not output any backspaces, printing only the last
| character written to each column position.
yes, kevin, thank you for the RTFM lesson.
NOW TRY IT. (sorry for the shouting.)
the man page is wrong, or else `col' has a bug.
since this is GNU, it could be either. ;-(
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