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INPUT:

b|2013.06.03. 18:47|
a|2013.06.03. 13:15|
c|2013.06.03. 13:53|

needed OUTPUT:

a|2013.06.03. 13:15|
c|2013.06.03. 13:53|
b|2013.06.03. 18:47|

How can I sort the dates correctly in ascendant order? The delimiter is the |.

P.S.

sort -t "|" -n -k 2

is not enough, because it doesn't put the HH:MM in good order, only the YYYY.MM.DD.

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up vote 3 down vote accepted

Try:

sort -t "|"  -k 2

By leaving out the -n, you sort on the whole string between '|' characters not just the first number that can be made out of that string (2013).

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