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SORT(1)				 User Commands			       SORT(1)

NAME
       sort - sort lines of text files

SYNOPSIS
       sort [OPTION]...	[FILE]...

DESCRIPTION
       Write sorted concatenation of all FILE(s) to standard output.

       Ordering	options:

       Mandatory  arguments  to	 long  options are mandatory for short options
       too.

       -b, --ignore-leading-blanks ignore leading blanks

       -d, --dictionary-order
	      consider only blanks and alphanumeric characters

       -f, --ignore-case
	      fold lower case to upper case characters

       -g, --general-numeric-sort
	      compare according	to general numerical value

       -i, --ignore-nonprinting
	      consider only printable characters

       -M, --month-sort
	      compare (unknown)	< `JAN'	< ... <	`DEC'

       -n, --numeric-sort
	      compare according	to string numerical value

       -r, --reverse
	      reverse the result of comparisons

       Other options:

       -c, --check
	      check whether input is sorted; do	not sort

       -k, --key=POS1[,POS2]
	      start a key at POS1, end it at POS 2 (origin 1)

       -m, --merge
	      merge already sorted files; do not sort

       -o, --output=FILE
	      write result to FILE instead of standard output

       -s, --stable
	      stabilize	sort by	disabling last-resort comparison

       -S, --buffer-size=SIZE
	      use SIZE for main	memory buffer

       -t, --field-separator=SEP use SEP instead of non- to whitespace transi-
	      tion

       -T, --temporary-directory=DIR
	      use  DIR	for  temporaries, not $TMPDIR or /tmp multiple options
	      specify multiple directories

       -u, --unique
	      with -c: check for strict	ordering
	      otherwise: output	only the first of an equal run

       -z, --zero-terminated
	      end lines	with 0 byte, not newline

       --help display this help	and exit

       --version
	      output version information and exit

       POS is F[.C][OPTS], where F is the field	number	and  C	the  character
       position	 in  the  field.   OPTS	 is one	or more	single-letter ordering
       options,	which override global ordering options for that	 key.	If  no
       key is given, use the entire line as the	key.

       SIZE  may be followed by	the following multiplicative suffixes: % 1% of
       memory, b 1, K 1024 (default), and so on	for M, G, T, P,	E, Z, Y.

       With no FILE, or	when FILE is -,	read standard input.

       *** WARNING *** The locale specified by the  environment	 affects  sort
       order.  Set LC_ALL=C to get the traditional sort	order that uses	native
       byte values.

AUTHOR
       Written by Mike Haertel and Paul	Eggert.

REPORTING BUGS
       Report bugs to <bug-coreutils@gnu.org>.

COPYRIGHT
       Copyright (C) 2002 Free Software	Foundation, Inc.
       This is free software; see the source for copying conditions.  There is
       NO  warranty;  not even for MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR
       PURPOSE.

SEE ALSO
       The full	documentation for sort is maintained as	a Texinfo manual.   If
       the  info  and  sort  programs are properly installed at	your site, the
       command

	      info sort

       should give you access to the complete manual.

sort (coreutils) 4.5.3		 October 2002			       SORT(1)

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