[CALUG] text edit- flow wrap at set # chars

Bob Overberg overberg at gmail.com
Wed Dec 21 15:00:37 EST 2011

fmt -w 60 does what you want if you can get your editor to hook to an
external function. Or you can do it on command line.

fmt is part of Gnu coreutils package

On Wed, Dec 21, 2011 at 1:47 PM, Walt Smith <waltechmail at yahoo.com> wrote:

> hi,
> I want to do a simple text wrap at 60 chars per line
> in google groups mail compose.
> The google groups compose window gives a very long line
> that one can type in, but after a post, I see it automatically
> moves end-of line words to the next line in display.  Apparently,
> it's 60 chars.  Don't know if thats a user set option
> or not.  Haven't used it enough.  I like shorter lines and
> don't want to type the whole dang document letting google
> flow all of it.  I want to set my own width.
> In any event, I'd  like to cut the entire text and paste it
> into an editor and allow the editor  to flow all the text
> with a preset 60 char max width ( or other width).
> I've needed this  feature for other docs when pasting in
> yahoo, or  transferring from a simple gedit.
> Preferrably, I'd like to do it in gedit, abiword, or OO.
> Or some other popular/distro supplied editor...
> gedit or abiword won't seem to be able to do it.
> I can't find a setting or setup in OO to do it, as I would
> expect OO to do it.
> How about another text editor ?  Prefer to use common guii's.
> I don't mind editors like nano or pico but prefer not to
> script or use long control sequences in vi.
> thx,
> Walt . . . .
> (FYI: crosspost- I also put this on the google maillist for
> unallocatedspace)
> There's a shortage of technical workers for jobs that don't exist yet.
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