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Re: Ordering data in a file.

by hippo (Parson)
on Jun 13, 2013 at 08:47 UTC ( #1038709=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Ordering data in a file.

As an old awk head I would first reach for this simple perl-based approach:

#!/usr/bin/perl use strict; use warnings; $/ = '#'; print sort (<DATA>); __DATA__ #12346 orange #12345 apple banana #12344 pear

Note that this uses a lexical sort which somewhat coincidentally works for the given data set. If your actual data set is more varied you will probably need to use a different sorting block.

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