ODOC: sort

Monday, November 14, 2005

sort - Sort lines of text files

Summary :

Sort the file contents based on options given to it. By default the output is shown in the console.

Examples :
$ sort -- Take the input from stdin, sort and output in stdout.

$ sort myfile -o myoutput -- Sort the myfile content and store in "myoutput"

$ sort -b myfile -- Ignore the leading blanks and sort.

$ sort -br myfile -- Same as above but in reverse order

$ sort -c myfile -- Only Check whether myfile is already sorted

$ sort -f myfile -- Ignore the case and sort (a == A)

$ sort -u myfile -- Sort and output only unique lines

$ sort -t : -k 2,2n -k 5.3,5.4 myfile -- Sort numerically on the 2nd field and resolve ties by sorting alphabetically on the 3rd and 4th characters of field 5. Use `:' as the field delimiter
Read : man sort

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