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SORT(1)				 User Commands			       SORT(1)

       sort - sort lines of text files

       sort [OPTION]...	[FILE]...
       sort [OPTION]...	--files0-from=F

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

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

       -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'

       -h, --human-numeric-sort
	      compare human readable numbers (e.g., 2K 1G)

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

       -R, --random-sort
	      sort by random hash of keys

	      get random bytes from FILE

       -r, --reverse
	      reverse the result of comparisons

	      sort according to	WORD: general-numeric  -g,  human-numeric  -h,
	      month -M,	numeric	-n, random -R, version -V

       -V, --version-sort
	      natural sort of (version)	numbers	within text

       Other options:

	      merge at most NMERGE inputs at once; for more use	temp files

       -c, --check, --check=diagnose-first
	      check for	sorted input; do not sort

       -C, --check=quiet, --check=silent
	      like -c, but do not report first bad line

	      compress temporaries with	PROG; decompress them with PROG	-d

	      annotate the part	of the line used to sort, and warn about ques-
	      tionable usage to	stderr

	      read input from the files	specified by NUL-terminated  names  in
	      file F; If F is -	then read names	from standard input

       -k, --key=KEYDEF
	      sort via a key; KEYDEF gives location and	type

       -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-blank to blank transition

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

	      change the number	of sorts run concurrently to N

       -u, --unique
	      with -c, check for strict	ordering; without -c, output only  the
	      first of an equal	run

       -z, --zero-terminated
	      line delimiter is	NUL, not newline

       --help display this help	and exit

	      output version information and exit

       KEYDEF  is F[.C][OPTS][,F[.C][OPTS]] for	start and stop position, where
       F is a field number and C a character position in the field;  both  are
       origin 1, and the stop position defaults	to the line's end.  If neither
       -t nor -b is in effect, characters in a field are counted from the  be-
       ginning of the preceding	whitespace.  OPTS is one or more single-letter
       ordering	options	[bdfgiMhnRrV], 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.

       Written by Mike Haertel and Paul	Eggert.

       GNU coreutils online help: <>
       Report sort translation bugs to <>

       Copyright (C) 2014 Free Software	Foundation, Inc.  License GPLv3+:  GNU
       GPL version 3 or	later <>.
       This  is	 free  software:  you  are free	to change and redistribute it.
       There is	NO WARRANTY, to	the extent permitted by	law.


       Full documentation at: <>
       or available locally via: info '(coreutils) sort	invocation'

GNU coreutils 8.23		  March	2015			       SORT(1)


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