[conspire] sort -t.
rick at linuxmafia.com
Tue Nov 7 12:57:08 PST 2006
Quoting Tom Macke (macke at scripps.edu):
> Use -t. to break the lines into fields on ., then sort 4 ints from
> left to right:
> sort -t. +0n -1 +1n -2 +2n -3 +3n -4 <ip.list > ip.list.sort
Huh! I did figure out that I needed "-t." (or, equivalently,
"--field-separator=.") -- but I can't find your field-specification strings
described in the manpage or texinfo docs. When I dug into the latter,
what I found instead was a suggestion to use the "-k" (key) option.
Looking more closely, I now find this reference in the info docs:
On older systems, `sort' supports an obsolete origin-zero syntax
`+POS1 [-POS2]' for specifying sort keys. POSIX 1003.1-2001 (*note
Standards conformance::) does not allow this; use `-k' instead.
Your Unix-greybeard credentials are showing, Tom. ;->
My solution, using "-k", _did_ end up being uglier than yours by a fair
measure. The info docs say:
Specify a sort field that consists of the part of the line between
POS1 and POS2 (or the end of the line, if POS2 is omitted),
_inclusive_. Fields and character positions are numbered starting
with 1. So to sort on the second field, you'd use `--key=2,2'
(`-k 2,2'). See below for more examples.
I thus up with:
$ sort -u -n -t. -k 1,1 -k 2,2 -k 3,3 -k 4,4 ip > ip.sorted
The "-u" is for uniq-ing on the fly. "-n" is a numeric-value sort
appropriate for most types of numbers (that don't use leading plus
characters or exponential notation, blessedly unlikely in IP addresses).
"-t." specifies that period is the applicable field separator (rather
Which leaves the "-k" string (equivalent to your origin-zero specifiers):
It says, "Hey, stupid sort program! Now that I've handed you a clue
about where the fields begin and end, _and_ told you to sort by numeric
value, please also be aware that I'd like you to find a number, then a
second number, then a third number, then a fourth number. Kindly use
all four _as numbers_ when you sort this puppy."
What a hassle. First, you have to say "Use numbers", then you have to
add "...and I mean, specifically, four of them."
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