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eivets 03-22-2005 11:44 AM

Redhat Data Sort

Im totally new to this operating system and im picking up the commands ok at the moment, however im trying to sort data that is in a text file by a column.

Can anyone help me with the command?


codeguy 03-22-2005 01:14 PM

Did you try 'man sort' ? -k looks like a good option, assuming its a fixed length column.

what have you tried so far?


eivets 03-22-2005 03:10 PM

sorry i should have said its actually 3 columns, ad im wanting to sort the data by the third, im sure this is possible just that because i am totally new to this i dont know how to do it.


homey 03-22-2005 03:52 PM

Yep, sort -k is where it's at...
For example: cat myfile.txt | sort -k 3
or if you would like to reverse the sort order, try something like this...
cat myfile.txt | sort -k 3 -nr

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