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Convert spaces to tabs. More information: https://www.gnu.org/software/coreutils/unexpand.

  • Convert blanks in each file to tabs, writing to standard output:

unexpand {{file}}

  • Convert blanks to tabs, reading from standard output:

unexpand

  • Convert all blanks, instead of just initial blanks:

unexpand -a {{file}}

  • Convert only leading sequences of blanks (overrides -a):

unexpand --first-only {{file}}

  • Have tabs a certain number of characters apart, not 8 (enables -a):

unexpand -t {{number}} {{file}}