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# 1  
Old 10-05-2010
Sorting multiple columns

Hi,

We have a requirement of need to sort a file based on fields 1,3 and 4. I tried with sort command however it is not giving expected output, can we achieve any other way? Please let me know ASAP.

File
a e w a
a b a a
a a d g
a a h h
c d a e
a a a w

Output
a b a a
a a a w
a a d g
a a h h
a e w a
c d a e

Thanks,
NagaSmilie
# 2  
Old 10-05-2010
a turnaround:
Code:
echo "a e w a
a b a a
a a d g
a a h h
c d a e
a a a w" | awk ' { print $1, $3, $4, $2 }' | sort | awk '{ print $1, $4, $2, $3}'

output:
Code:
a b a a
a a a w
a a d g
a a h h
a e w a
c d a e

# 3  
Old 10-05-2010
Code:
sort +0 -1 +2 -3 +3 -4 file

# 4  
Old 10-05-2010
Code:
sort -k1,1 -k3,3 -k4,4 file

# 5  
Old 10-06-2010
It works great. Thanks frans, Franklin52, alister for your help.

Thanks,
Naga Smilie

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