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# 1  
Old 10-17-2009
Sort on first two fields -only-

Hey,

I have a file i want to sort. It contains these kind of lines:
Code:
FirstName LastName buyID buyType
Eg: 
John Doe 22 Car
Jane Simpson 4 Headset 
John Doe 11 Telephone

Now if I use the sort command on it
Code:
cat purchases.txt | sort -k1,1 -k2,2

it would also sort the third and 4th field:
Code:
Jane Simpson 4 Headset 
John Doe 11 Telephone
John Doe 22 Car

Although, the output I want is:
Code:
Jane Simpson 4 Headset 
John Doe 22 Car
John Doe 11 Telephone

# 2  
Old 10-17-2009
You require a stable sort.
Code:
sort -s -k1,2 purchases.txt

# 3  
Old 10-17-2009
Thanks for your answer Smilie
Code:
usage: sort [-cmu] [-o output] [-T directory] [-S mem] [-z recsz]
        [-dfiMnr] [-b] [-t char] [-k keydef] [+pos1 [-pos2]] files...

Seems like -s is an illegal flag on my box...
Any other solutions?

I'm on a sparc machine with solaris...
# 4  
Old 10-17-2009
Hi.

Code:
sort -k1,2 +3 purchases.txt

# 5  
Old 10-17-2009
You're my hero! ^^
You too Scrutinizer Smilie
 

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