A problem with tabs
I've written a c program which uses tab characters in the output. Output goes to stdout.
When I run it at the terminal command line - output is tabbbed.
If I direct output to a file (./program > book.txt) , and use "more" to display the file, output is tabbed.
If I send the file to my HP 1020 printer, output is not tabbed. I get a space at the location of each tab character.
If I try to open the file with gedit, gedit refuses to open it and says that it has not been able to detect the character encoding. I try all the obvious choices and it rejects them all.
If I try to open it with notepad, notepad opens it and shows the output as tabbed.
If I display it with od, I see the hex 09 characters in the file.
1) what is happening and why?
2) as I recall there is a utility that lets me change the attributres of a file. I imagine I can correct the encoding, but I dont remember what utility.
3) is there sometihng that i need to do as regards compiler settings to get the file marked correctly?
The expand utility will convert tabs to spaces. That may solve the problem with your printer. How Gedit interprets your file encoding depends on what else it contains. Perhaps a better editor will work around the problem. Have you tried opening it in Vim?
thanks - expand replaced the tab characters with spaces
FWIW, pr is more complex & therefore more flexible; & of course harder to use.
W/ the right options it can convert spaces back to tabs. Piped into itself (w/ the right options) it can convert n spaces to tabs, & then the tabs to m spaces.
It does not have:
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