COLUMN(1) BSD General Commands Manual COLUMN(1)
column -- columnate lists
column [-entx] [-c columns] [-s sep] [file ...]
The column utility formats its input into multiple columns. Rows are
filled before columns. Input is taken from file operands, or, by
default, from the standard input. Empty lines are ignored unless the -e
option is used.
The options are as follows:
-c Output is formatted for a display columns wide.
-s Specify a set of characters to be used to delimit columns for the
-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
-x Fill columns before filling rows.
-n By default, the column command will merge multiple adjacent
delimiters into a single delimiter when using the -t option; this
option disables that behavior. This option is a Debian GNU/Linux
-e Do not ignore empty lines.
The COLUMNS, LANG, LC_ALL and LC_CTYPE environment variables affect the
execution of column as described in environ(7).
The column utility exits 0 on success, and >0 if an error occurs.
(printf "PERM LINKS OWNER GROUP SIZE MONTH DAY " ; \
printf "HH:MM/YEAR NAME\n" ; \
ls -l | sed 1d) | column -t
colrm(1), ls(1), paste(1), sort(1)
The column command appeared in 4.3BSD-Reno.
Input lines are limited to 512 times LINE_MAX (1M) wide characters in
BSD July 29, 2004 BSD