Wrap each input line to fit in specified width with fold
Published: Monday, May 13, 2019
Are you tired of using tools like
less and reading text like this?
Reducing the environmental impact of a smartphone is one o f our key business goals. For us, that starts by extending the lifespan of our phone at the first stage of its lifec ycle. For example, we use modular design to make repairs a nd upgrades easy for the first user.
fold you could be reading it like this:
Reducing the environmental impact of a smartphone is one of our key business goals. For us, that starts by extending the lifespan of our phone at the first stage of its lifecycle. For example, we use modular design to make repairs and upgrades easy for the first user.
The two examples above are part of the output from this command (with only
less and then with
$ html2text.py https://www.fairphone.com/en/2019/04/16/refurbished-phones-give-valuable-resources-a-new-life/ | fold -s -w 55 | less
fold comes with the GNU core utillities so it’s actually a tool that most should have by default. If you for some reason don’t have it installed, the package should be named
coreutils in all major distros.
Using it is simple, you can use it by itself:
$ fold <file>
Or use it in combination with other tools like I did:
$ cat <file> | fold
It only comes with three flags:
||Count bytes rather than columns.|
||Break at spaces.|
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