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expand(1) FreeBSD General Commands Manual expand(1)

expand - convert tabs to spaces

expand [-v] [-t tabs] [--] [ file ... ]
expand converts tabs in its input files to spaces and writes the result to the standard output.

-v
The -v option instructs expand to print its version number and exit.
-t tabs
The -t option sets the number of spaces corresponding to each tab stop to tabs. The default is 8 spaces.
--
The -- (double dash) option indicates the end of options.

expand reads each file in turn, expanding tabs to spaces from each file in turn, and writing the result to the standard output. If no files are specified or a file is - (dash), expand reads from the standard input.
expand expects its input to be Unicode characters in utf(4) form.

Convert tabs to spaces in file1 and write the results to file2:
expand file1 >file2

unexpand(1) utf(4)

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http://pobox.com/~Alan.Watson/software.html

Alan Watson (Alan.Watson@pobox.com).
1.6.0 of 97/02/25

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