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OpenSolaris 2009.06 - man page for sortbib (opensolaris section 1)

sortbib(1)				  User Commands 			       sortbib(1)

       sortbib - sort a bibliographic database

       sortbib [-s KEYS] database...

       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.

       The most common key-letters and their meanings are given below.

       %A      Author's name

       %B      Book containing article referenced

       %C      City (place of publication)

       %D      Date of publication

       %E      Editor of book containing article referenced

       %F      Footnote number or label (supplied by refer)

       %G      Government order number

       %H      Header commentary, printed before reference

       %I      Issuer (publisher)

       %J      Journal containing article

       %K      Keywords to use in locating reference

       %L      Label field used by -k option of refer

       %M      Bell Labs Memorandum (undefined)

       %N      Number within volume

       %O      Other commentary, printed at end of reference

       %P      Page number(s)

       %Q      Corporate or Foreign Author (unreversed)

       %R      Report, paper, or thesis (unpublished)

       %S      Series title

       %T      Title of article or book

       %V      Volume number

       %X      Abstract -- used by roffbib, not by refer

       %Y,Z    Ignored by refer

       By default, sortbib alphabetizes by the first %A and the  %D  fields,  which  contain  the
       senior author and date.

       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 constructions
       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

       No more than 16 databases may be sorted together at one time.  Records  longer  than  4096
       characters will be truncated.

       -sKEYS	 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.

       See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following attributes:

       |      ATTRIBUTE TYPE	     |	    ATTRIBUTE VALUE	   |
       |Availability		     |SUNWdoc			   |

       addbib(1), indxbib(1), lookbib(1), refer(1), roffbib(1), attributes(5)

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

SunOS 5.11				   14 Sep 1992				       sortbib(1)

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