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Linux Shell Scripting Essentials by Sinny Kumari

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Sorting and finding unique text

Shell provides different ways to sort the input text using the sort command. It's also possible to remove repeated lines from sorted/unsorted input text using the uniq command. The input text to sort and uniq commands can be given from a file, or redirected from another command.

Sorting an input text

The lines in the input text are sorted in the following order:

  • Numbers from 0 to 9
  • Uppercase letters from A to Z
  • Lowercase letters from a to z

The syntax will be as follows:

sort [OPTION] [FILE …]

Single or multiple input files can be provided to sort for sorting.

The sort command takes multiple options to provide flexibility in sorting. The popular and important OPTION to sort have been discussed in the following table:

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