The Real Command to Wrap Text in Linux

Fold command in Linux

Here is a command to wrap text in Linux. The wrapping means it prints it in fixed-width column. More importantly, it will not consider spaces between words. The command you need is FOLD.  

Fold command in Linux

Below, you will find two examples on usage of the FOLD command. These are helpful for your project where you need to write a shell script.

Example-1

The following command displays a set of lines with ten characters in each line:

x="aa bb cc d e f g h i j kk ll mm nn" 
echo $x | fold -10

The output of the preceding code snippet is here:

aa bb cc d e f g h i j kk ll m m nn

Example-2

As another example, consider the following code snippet:


x="The quick brown fox jumps over the fat lazy dog. " 
echo $x | fold -10

The output of the preceding code snippet is here:

The quick brown fox jumps over the fat l azy dog.

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