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Print lines based upon unique values in Nth field

For some reason I am having difficulty performing what should be a fairly easy task. I would like to print lines of a file that have a unique value in the first field. For example, I have a large data-set with the following excerpt:

Code:
PS003,001 MZMWR/ L-DWD// *
PS003,001 B-!!BRX[/+W M(N-PN(H/J >BCLWM// BN/+W *
PS004,001 L-(H-1M]]NYX[/ B-NGJN(H/WT MZMWR/ L-DWD// *
PS005,001 L-(H-1M]]NYX[/ >L H-NXJLWT/(W(T MZMWR/ L-DWD// *
PS006,001 L-(H-1M]]NYX[/ B-NGJN(H/WT <L H-CMJNJ/T MZMWR/ L-DWD// *
PS007,001 CGJWN/ L-DWD// >CR C(JR[ L-JHWH// *
PS007,001 <L DBR/J KWC=// BN/ JMJNJ/ *
PS008,001 L-(H-1M]]NYX[/ <L H-GTJT/ MZMWR/ L-DWD// *
PS009,001 L-(H-1M]]NYX[/ <LMWT/ L-(H-BN/ MZMWR/ L-DWD// *
PS011,001 L-(H-1M]]NYX[/ L-DWD// B-JHWH// XS)HJ[TJ >JK !T!>MR[W L-NPC/+J *
PS011,001 !!NWD[)JW HR/+KM YPWR/ *

The output I desire is this:
Code:
PS004,001 L-(H-1M]]NYX[/ B-NGJN(H/WT MZMWR/ L-DWD// *
PS005,001 L-(H-1M]]NYX[/ >L H-NXJLWT/(W(T MZMWR/ L-DWD// *
PS006,001 L-(H-1M]]NYX[/ B-NGJN(H/WT <L H-CMJNJ/T MZMWR/ L-DWD// *
PS008,001 L-(H-1M]]NYX[/ <L H-GTJT/ MZMWR/ L-DWD// *
PS009,001 L-(H-1M]]NYX[/ <LMWT/ L-(H-BN/ MZMWR/ L-DWD// *

I have attempted 'sort' with appropriate flags which should work, but for some reason I cannot get it to. For example:

Code:
sort -u -k1,1

I have also tried an 'awk' solution:

Code:
awk '!a[$1]++'

Both of the latter seem to give me the first of the two repeated values in $1, such as:

Code:
PS003,001 MZMWR/ L-DWD// *
PS004,001 L-(H-1M]]NYX[/ B-NGJN(H/WT MZMWR/ L-DWD// *
PS005,001 L-(H-1M]]NYX[/ >L H-NXJLWT/(W(T MZMWR/ L-DWD// *
PS006,001 L-(H-1M]]NYX[/ B-NGJN(H/WT <L H-CMJNJ/T MZMWR/ L-DWD// *
PS007,001 CGJWN/ L-DWD// >CR C(JR[ L-JHWH// *
PS008,001 L-(H-1M]]NYX[/ <L H-GTJT/ MZMWR/ L-DWD// *
PS009,001 L-(H-1M]]NYX[/ <LMWT/ L-(H-BN/ MZMWR/ L-DWD// *
PS011,001 L-(H-1M]]NYX[/ L-DWD// B-JHWH// XS)HJ[TJ >JK !T!>MR[W L-NPC/+J *

However, this is not correct. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
# 2  
With a little more work, you can do this in awk, without the sort, but:
Code:
$ awk '{A[$1]++; L[$1]=$0} END { for( a in A ) if( A[a] == 1 ) print L[a] }' file | sort
PS004,001 L-(H-1M]]NYX[/ B-NGJN(H/WT MZMWR/ L-DWD// *
PS005,001 L-(H-1M]]NYX[/ >L H-NXJLWT/(W(T MZMWR/ L-DWD// *
PS006,001 L-(H-1M]]NYX[/ B-NGJN(H/WT <L H-CMJNJ/T MZMWR/ L-DWD// *
PS008,001 L-(H-1M]]NYX[/ <L H-GTJT/ MZMWR/ L-DWD// *
PS009,001 L-(H-1M]]NYX[/ <LMWT/ L-(H-BN/ MZMWR/ L-DWD// *

(noting that PS004,001, not just PS004 counts as $1, as , is not a field separator)
# 3  
Thanks Scott! Worked like a charm!
# 4  
Depending on your uniq version, this might also work:
Code:
uniq -uw5 file
PS004,001 L-(H-1M]]NYX[/ B-NGJN(H/WT MZMWR/ L-DWD// *
PS005,001 L-(H-1M]]NYX[/ >L H-NXJLWT/(W(T MZMWR/ L-DWD// *
PS006,001 L-(H-1M]]NYX[/ B-NGJN(H/WT <L H-CMJNJ/T MZMWR/ L-DWD// *
PS008,001 L-(H-1M]]NYX[/ <L H-GTJT/ MZMWR/ L-DWD// *
PS009,001 L-(H-1M]]NYX[/ <LMWT/ L-(H-BN/ MZMWR/ L-DWD// *

# 5  
Provided the input file is sorted on column 1, the following awk works as well and does not consume much memory (especially with a big input file)
Code:
awk '
{
  if ($1!=p1) {
    if (c==1) print p0
    c=0
  }
  c++
  p1=$1; p0=$0
}
END {
  if (c==1) print p0
}
' file


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