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Old 04-21-2015
Sort by first row - awk

how can i sort the table based on first row? thanks in advance

name    d       b       c       a
l       l1      l2      l3    l4
l1      1       2       3       4
l2      2       2       2       1
l3      1       1       2       2

name    a       b       c       d
l1     l4       l2      l3     l1
l1      4       2       3       1
l2      1       2       2       2
l3      2       1       2       1

# 2  
Old 04-21-2015
This is not as easy as it seems in the first place. Given you spell "Name" with uppercase "N" and that "N" sorts below all lower case letters, you could try like
awk -f transp.awk file | LC_ALL=C sort | awk -f transp.awk
Name    a       b       c       d
l       l4      l2      l3      l1
l1      4       2       3       1
l2      1       2       2       2
l3      2       1       2       1

with transp.awk
                 for (i=1; i<=NF; i++) C[NR, i]=$i
END             {for (j=1; j<=NR; j++)  {for (i=1; i<=MX; i++) printf "%s\t", C[i,j]
                                         printf "\n"

You may want to add some refinements, like setting MX to the max(NF), or doing some error checking... some awk versions offer their internal sort; that might help as well...
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# 3  
Old 04-21-2015
Umm. sorry. It seems the script is transposing the table not sorting.
# 4  
Old 04-21-2015
Yes it does. Did you consider reading the entire post and using the first line of my proposal, i.e. transpose - sort - transpose?
# 5  
Old 04-21-2015
ok. thanks a lot.
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