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SORTBIB(1)									       SORTBIB(1)

NAME
       sortbib - sort bibliographic database

SYNOPSIS
       sortbib [ -sKEYS ] database  ...

DESCRIPTION
       Sortbib	sorts  files  of  records  containing  refer  key-letters by user-specified keys.
       Records may be separated by blank lines, or by .[ and .] delimiters, but  the  two  styles
       may  not  be  mixed  together.  This program reads through each database and pulls out key
       fields, which are sorted separately.  The sorted key fields contain the file pointer, byte
       offset, and length of corresponding records.  These records are delivered using disk seeks
       and reads, so sortbib may not be used in a pipeline to read standard input.

       By default, sortbib alphabetizes by the first %A and the  %D  fields,  which  contain  the
       senior  author  and date.  The -s option is used to specify new KEYS.  For instance, -sATD
       will sort by author, title, and date, while -sA+D will sort  by	all  authors,  and  date.
       Sort  keys  past  the  fourth are not meaningful.  No more than 16 databases may be sorted
       together at one time.  Records longer than 4096 characters will be truncated.

       Sortbib sorts on the last word on the %A line, which is assumed to be  the  author's  last
       name.   A  word	in the final position, such as ``jr.'' or ``ed.'', will be ignored if the
       name beforehand ends with a comma.  Authors with two-word last names or unusual	construc-
       tions can be sorted correctly by using the nroff convention ``\0'' in place of a blank.	A
       %Q field is considered to be the same as %A, except sorting begins with the first, not the
       last,  word.   Sortbib  sorts  on the last word of the %D line, usually the year.  It also
       ignores leading articles (like ``A'' or ``The'') when sorting by titles in the  %T  or  %J
       fields;	it  will  ignore articles of any modern European language.  If a sort-significant
       field is absent from a record, sortbib places that record before other records  containing
       that field.

SEE ALSO
       refer(1), addbib(1), roffbib(1), indxbib(1), lookbib(1)

AUTHORS
       Greg Shenaut, Bill Tuthill

BUGS
       Records with missing author fields should probably be sorted by title.

4.2 Berkeley Distribution		  April 29, 1985			       SORTBIB(1)
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