[HowTo] Post command output and file content as formatted text

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Formatting differences

  • Discourse – this forum’s engine – uses Markdown to format its posts, and removes “unnecessary” whitespace.
  • Terminal commands often produce output formatted so that they are better readable by the user, taking advantage of the monospaced font used.
  • Programming code often rely on indentation to make it more readable.

Using preformatting in Markdown

Markdown includes a pattern to provide preformatting when necessary.
You only need to put the part to format between two lines of three backticks, like so:

This text will be preformatted.

:warning: Do note confuse the backtick ` character with the single quote or double quote ".

:star: If you don’t find the backtick key on your keyboard, you can achieve the same result by clicking the Preformatted text </> button in the posting form, or with Ctrl+E.

:star: The posting form has a preview feature, allowing you to check whether you correctly set preformatting before posting.

:star: You can edit your own posts. Make use of this to correct the formatting when asked to.

Without preformatting:

$ inxi -m
RAM: total: 15.64 GiB used: 6.51 GiB (41.6%)
RAM Report:
permissions: Unable to run dmidecode. Root privileges required.

With preformatting:

$ inxi -m
  RAM: total: 15.64 GiB used: 6.51 GiB (41.6%)
  RAM Report:
    permissions: Unable to run dmidecode. Root privileges required.
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