Apps :: Bash: "sort" does not sort
If I enter the following code to sort a file with columns separated by colons,
sort -t: -k 4 file.file
the result is that the file is sorted by the third field. In fact, it does not seem to matter which field I identify after the -k option. It sorts every time by the third field.
In another file with fixed length columns, I tried the code
sort -k 4 file.file
and the result was the same regardless of which column I sorted by.
What am I doing wrong? What other information can I provide to help identify the problem?
Thank you in advance.
Works ok for me on this file:
Post an example of the data in your file.
The data is phone numbers, names, and dates. Example...
It works for me, too - in Ubuntu.
My version is DSL 4.2.4
I take it you have loaded gnuutils.dsl?
$ ls -l /usr/bin/sort
shows a link to Busybox, then you are using Busybox's sort, which has a greatly reduced option set.
Awesome help! Thank you.