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Old 10-03-2004, 12:04 PM   #1
saravanan1979
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Sort Command


Hi ,
I have a question about sort command.I want to sort a file by 4-6th field.
sort +4 -6 <filename>
But this 4th field is optional and may not be present always.In such a scenario sort ran perfectly well without any error.I am unable to understand the same .Can any Linuz gurus explain the reason for this.

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Saravanan
 
Old 10-03-2004, 12:36 PM   #2
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Sort works with the position of a field in a line.

Sort will take the 4th field anyway, but will contain the data of what you expect to be in the 5th field.
 
  


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