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Sorting lists with Sort

Filed under: Quick Linux Tutorials — at 11:11 pm on Wednesday, June 4, 2008

There comes a time when it is useful to know how to sort lists. Thankfully using open source software sorting text files can be very easy.

This example shows how to sort a file alphabetically using the sort command. I assume that you have a text file in mind so I will skip the creation of that. There are two ways to sort the file with the sort command. The first being the preferred method but not always suitable.

sort [textfile]
cat [textfile] | sort

That’s it! The second method can be useful if you would like to do any thing special, for example searching with grep, using cut or sed for data extraction or just out of convenience. Check out the man page for sort for more information on all of the options!