tabs command

The tabs command displays tab stops previously set via the editor (ed or edit) process, or assigns new tab stop positions for input (i) or output (o).

Output tab stop positions are useful only on printing terminals that have a physical tab facility and should not be defined on normal CRTs.

Tab stops may be set up automatically for each user by including the tabs command in the user’s logon macro in the users file.


tabs {i|o} {option}
tabs {i|o} {tabstop{,tabstop...}


i Disables input tab stops.
o Disables output tab stops.
option s Indicates the previous tab stop settings that are to be used.