[K12OSN] OT: bash help

Peter Hartmann peter at hartmanncomputer.com
Thu Aug 9 00:51:38 UTC 2007

Wow I never knew about 'info'...thanks!  Sort is totally freaking
awesome. I wanted to remove lines in my csv  where the certain fields
in a given row were blank (names this time). So I did the same
command:     sort -u  -k83,83 -t,

And all the blank fields, being non-unique, got removed and removed
the lines in the csv!  I wonder if they ever intended it to be used
that way or if it was a happy accident or 'haxident' as I like to call
them.  :)

Thanks again,

On 8/7/07, Les Mikesell <les at futuresource.com> wrote:
> Peter Hartmann wrote:
> > Thanks Les!  That's awesome to know.
> The unix sort utility was written to be the only sort you'd ever need
> for text files or streams but it can get pretty weird if you need the
> optional character position offsets in the fields, multiple key fields,
> or some of the other options.   And the GNU version is one of many
> programs where you have to use 'info' instead of man to get the real
> documentation.
> --
>    Les Mikesell
>     les at futuresource.com
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