Sorting text files or other data, for example with the sort utility.

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Fastest `uniq` tool in linux

I have large text file (1.5 G), I want to know what the fastest and more reliable tool in linux is. I usualy use: awk '!x[$0]++' file.txt But when I use htop command I see my memory usage is ...
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Sorting by Last Name in the Scond Column

I'm trying to sort a file that has entries that look like so: Essie | Vaill | 14225 Hancock Dr | Anchorage | AK | 99515 907-345-0962 Please note the "|" stand for tabs of ...
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Check if a drive has been Zeroed with xxd and uniq?

I'm looking for a way to check if the entire binary contents of a USB device are purely 0s. I'm trying this command: sudo xxd /dev/sdb | uniq but it has no output and just runs forever. I've ...
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How to specify additional parameters for GNU sort's --compress-program option?

sort --compress-program=/bin/gzip works fine, but how can I pass options down to the compression programm (e.g. --best or --fast)? sort --compress-program=/bin/gzip\ --best failes with the error ...
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How can I get the last line number of unique commands when grepping my history file?

I rely on my history file for previous commands, especially ones that are long with many parameters. Once I find the command and its line number(nn) I use !nn to run it. I prefer to see the full ...
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Sort the files in the directory recursively based on last modified date

Sort the files in the directory recursively based on last modified date I have modified a lot of files in my directory want to know what are those files by sorting them by the last modified date ...
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Sort data in descending order of first column, for equal values, use second column in ascending order

Allow me to clarify: Assume I have some keywords with frequency of their usage: 12 Hi 7 Hash 7 C++ 9 Superuser 17 Stackoverflow 9 LaTeX 42 Life 9 Ubuntu What I want, is to sort this data ...
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How to use gnu sort to sort lines with field delimiter present only on some lines

In my .vimrc I list my vundle bundles like so: cat ~/.vimrc ... Bundle 'Raimondi/delimitMate' Bundle 'kien/ctrlp.vim' Bundle 'matchit.zip' Bundle 'upAndDown' Bundle 'rking/ag.vim' ... Now, I would ...
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Sorting with Perl respecting Locale Settings

Following data needs to be sorted respecting the locale sort order: wird sin wär pêche war Über Uber péché peach There was nor problem by using sort $ sort < data peach pêche péché sin Uber ...
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How to sort big files?

I have a PC with Intel(R) Pentium(R) CPU G640 @ 2.80GHz and 8 GByte RAM. Installed Scientific Linux 6.5 on it with EXT3 filesystem. Q: What is the fastest way I can do a "sort -u list.txt -o ...
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biggest possible number for sort -n

How to determine the "biggest number" so that sort -n will always put it at the end? I'm thinking of something along Inf in some languages but I'm not sure if anything like this exists for sort. ...
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Counting number of times each IP address appears in log file

I have a file in the format as follows: $ cat file.txt 27.33.65.2 27.33.65.2 58.161.137.7 121.50.198.5 184.173.187.1 184.173.187.1 184.173.187.1 What's the best way to parse the file file.txt into ...
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Sort a text file according to a character within a field

I have a file named : newfile which consist of the following data 1 AC BB CC 2 AB CC DD 3 CA BB CC 4 BE DD EE 5 BD AA AA I type the following command in bash to sort the data according to the ...
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How to sort a list of files by time, given only the filenames

Given a list of file names, how can I sort it by file modification time? The resulting output needs to look exactly like the input with the exception that the data has been sorted accordingly. Here ...
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How to show CPU time for processes via top without 'root' procs

Okay, So I've been attempting this for about three hours now without success. How do you search/display/use the top command (or ps command if it works...) to output a list of all procs, sorted by CPU ...
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Sort one column only, keeping remaining columns untouched

How to (numerically) sort a specific column in a text file, without affecting other columns (irrespective of whether they are sorted or unsorted)? On other threads I found -s argument, but it does ...
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Sort in Linux for column, keeping other values intact

NODE_154_length 847 2997 NODE_154_length 3283 4509 NODE_154_length 4672 5715 NODE_154_length 6977 7768 NODE_29_length 3790 4317 NODE_29_length 4356 4712 NODE_29_length 4356 4712 ...
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Move line from output to the front of output or custom reordering

I have a command find "$PWD" -name __openerp__.py|awk -F/ -vOFS=/ 'NF-=2'|sort -u and I want to take a certain line containing /web/addons and push it to the front of output then do the same with ...
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How to sort these lines?

I have this text: menu.overlap.x: -7 menu.overlap.y: 0 !! Menu settings menu.title.bg: Solid Flat menu.title.bg.color: #fce855 menu.title.bg.colorTo: #daa30b menu.title.bg.border.color: black ...
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Memory-efficient utility to return N first sorted values

I would like to implement a very popular MapReduce example using only existing programs operating in a UNIX way. The problem is to find N most frequent values in an enormous amount of data. The ...
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Sort all directories based on their size

I'd like to sort all the directories/files in a specific directory based on their size (using du -sh "name"). I need to apply this command to all directories in my location, then sort them based on ...
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Sort based on the third column

I'm facing a huge 4-columns file. I'd like to display the sorted file in stdout based on its 3rd column: cat myFile | sort -u -k3 Is that enough to perform the trick?
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Print unique of who command

I want to show the online users using the who command but I want to have a unique output and not show any duplicates. I piped the output into awk but I am not very familiar with that, is this the ...
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How to perform custom sort

I have the following line in a file : [[0, [0, '1']], [1, [0, '2']], [2, [0, '3']], [3, [0, '4']]] [[0, [1, '5']], [1, [1, '6']], [2, [1, '7']], [3, [1, '8']]] [[0, [2, '9']], [1, [2, '10']], [2, ...
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How can I find the sort order for ls with my locale?

I was using ls -l on a directory, and was surprised that spaces and underscores were ignored for the sort order. For example, $ echo $LANG en_AU.UTF-8 $ ls -l total 0 -rw-r--r-- 1 sparhawk sparhawk 0 ...
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List the lines with the highest scores

I have the following problem concerning the sorting of a content of a file. I have a file called points.txt and it contains the following table of data: Jim:4 Tim:8 Lin:6 Tom:1 Esko:2 Jaska:5 Erkki:7 ...
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Sort doesn't use natural order

I have used uniq -c and sort extensively on other machines, and it always worked very well. Now, on my new Ubuntu (13.04) machine, I end up with a weird ordering: % cat queries.log | grep INSERT | ...
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Sorting blocks of lines

I have a file that contains 4n lines. Here is an excerpt from it containing 8 lines 6115 8.88443 6116 6.61875 6118 16.5949 6117 19.4129 6116 6.619 6117 16.5979 6118 19.4111 6115 8.88433 What I ...
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Shuffle file randomly with some additional constraints

I have a huge music playlist and, while some artists have many albums, others have just one song. I wanted to sort the playlist so the same artist won't play twice in a row, or his songs won't end up ...
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Why this sort command gives me an empty file? [duplicate]

prova1 is a file with some text. When I run this code prova1 become empty: sort prova1 > prova1 I know that to achieve the effect I can do: sort prova1 -o prova1 I would just know the reason ...
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When do `sort -k 2,3b` and `sort -k 2,3` differ?

The POSIX description of the -b flag for the sort command is Ignore leading characters when determining the starting and ending positions of a restricted sort key. I can understand the use for ...
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Select a range of files from directory structure /year/month/date.db

I have databases stored in the directory structure year/month/date.db an example would be db/2013/10/15.db I need to be able to select a range of these with a script ("dbSelect ...
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Why is sort -o useful?

UNIX philosophy says: do one thing and do it well. Make programs that handle text, because that is a universal interface. The sort command, at least GNU sort, has an -o option to output to a file ...
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Why are sort options -c (check if sorted) and -o (write to output file) not compatiable

I am sorting a large number of files one after another. Using sort -o file file. The for loop halted midway and before restarting I want to use sort's -c option to speedup sorting. But it says that ...
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What option(s) would you use to sort a file named foo in place, that is replacing the original file with the sorted version? [duplicate]

I have this homework question. I looked at the man page for sort and I believe the answer is -o, --output=FILE Is that correct? It is a Fedora server. We're supposed to look on man pages, if there ...
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uniq a csv file ignoring a column, awk maybe?

Given this file (annotations are not part of file, but form part of explanation)... x,a,001,b,c,d,y x,a,002,b,c,e,yy x,bb,003,b,d,e,y x,c,004,b,d,e,y x,c,005,b,d,e,y # nb - dupe of row 4 ...
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Help with the sort command (numeric)

I have this output I'd like to sort numerically by port (starting at the 35th column): tcp 0 0 192.168.0.210:110 0.0.0.0:* LISTEN 3385/dovecot tcp 0 0 ...
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Any tricks to speed up sort?

For example for bzip there is pbzip, a parallel version of bzip. Is there any such parallelization tools for sort to improve performance?
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How is it possible to sort ps command's CPU field?

I'm trying to make a small command that will find the processes that use the most CPU power. Firstly, I use ps aux > file.txt and then cut -c 16-20 file.txt | sort -n | tail -5. The result I get ...
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selecting rows that have the same value [closed]

I have a problem in selecting rows that have the same value. My data is too huge to go row by row to do that. I want you guys to let me know scripts that can perform this. My data looks like as ...
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How can I sort a list of file names by some substring of the name?

I have a number of files with names like: beginning_num1_734_num2_1.363e+12_num3_800.pdf beginning_num1_735_num2_7.453e+13_num3_800.pdf beginning_num1_1007_num2_9.453e+12_num3_1200.pdf I'd like to ...
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Grouped sorting of continuous paragraphs (separated by blank line)?

I think I'm pretty experienced now in sorting by columns; however, I haven't found anything so far how to sort continuous rows. Supposing we have a text file that looks like this: (very simplified, ...
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Get the most recent backup files [duplicate]

I'm googling for this, but the terms are so generic I'm getting way too many false positives, so what the hey, I'll ask here. I'm sure there's a simple answer but I don't generally script in *nix. ...
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sort lines according to day

I have a text file in following format, and I need to sort the lines according to date. Is there some simple way to do it (preferably in bash) ? 2013-May-30 2 2013-May-21 10 2013-Jun-27 8 ...
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How to sort results from ls command by modification date (directories first)?

I can fire ls -lrt to get files and folders sorted by modification date, but this does not separate directories from files. I want ls to show me first directories by modification date and then ...
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Sorting a file based on one column using Unix and Awk

I need to sort the input file according the 6th column, which is the score. Input File: Sc2/80 20 . A T 86 Pass N=2 F=5;U=4 Sc2/80 20 . A C 80 Pass N=2 F=5;U=4 Sc2/60 55 . G T 90 Pass N=2 F=5;U=4 ...
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Ignore blank keys in coreutils sort

How do you ignore or is there a way to change the sort order of empty keys when using sort -k? # cat afile a b 11 20 93 45 55 26 09 31 How can I sort the empty column b values at the bottom so it ...
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How batch mv files to folders created and named by modification date?

I am quite new to the terminal stuff and I just couldn't find any answer on the aforementioned subject. On my OS X, I have a folder with about 4000 pics that I'd like to move into folders that are ...
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Sort lines based on a variable-width number at a fixed position

I'm trying to sort a file using the Sort command but its not working: The file contains lines like: photo1 photo11 photo12 photo13 photo17 photo18 photo19 photo2 photo22 photo23 photo25 photo26 ...
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Need some sed magic: Moving marked lines to the beginning of a file

I find myself in dire need of some sed magic (I really need to sit myself down and learn this). I have a file with lots of lines. After reviewing it, I've marked some lines by adding a star (*) to ...