|-c||Output is formatted for a display columns wide.|
|-s||Specify a set of characters to be used to delimit columns for the -t option.|
|-t||Determine the number of columns the input contains and create a table. Columns are delimited with whitespace, by default, or with the characters supplied using the -s option. Useful for pretty-printing displays.|
|-x||Fill columns before filling rows.|
The COLUMNS, LANG, LC_ALL and LC_CTYPE environment variables affect the execution of column as described in environ(7).
(printf PERM LINKS OWNER GROUP SIZE MONTH DAY ; \
printf HH:MM/YEAR NAME\n ; \
ls -l | sed 1d) | column -t
The column command appeared in BSD 4.3 Reno .
Input lines are limited to LINE_MAX (2048) bytes in length.