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Old 03-21-2011
sort command ... can I

Hi All,

Simple question.

I have a file (assumed unsorted) - can I sort said file but ignore the first two lines of the same said file (header lines) ??

Yes/No will suffice.

If Yes - will keep searching.

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Old 03-21-2011
Afaik sort has no option on which line it should start or which to bypass and just print them. It would be used in conjunction with other commands. Examples:
# in bash:
F=infile; head -2 $F; tail -$(($(wc -l < $F)-2)) $F| sort
awk 'NR<3 {print; next} {print| "sort"}' infile

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Old 03-21-2011
head -2 infile > infile.sorted
tail +3 infile | sort >> infile.sorted

(if "tail +3" notation not supported on your plateform, you can give a try to a "tail -n +3" instead)
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Old 03-21-2011
Yes, there was that + again Smilie
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Old 03-23-2011
Zaxxon & ctsgnb,

Many thanks for your responses - both great & appreciated.

Forgot to mention that resulting outfile still needs to retain the first two lines from the infile.

Not being near my beloved ux machine, would the following suffice ?
head -2 infile > infile.sorted ; tail +3 infile | sort -t: -k1 >> infile.sorted

Or would you guys have a clever way to do it ? Smilie

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Old 03-23-2011
-- see below --

Last edited by ctsgnb; 03-23-2011 at 02:13 PM..
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Old 03-23-2011
A small modification:
(head -2 infile; tail +3 infile | sort -t: -k1) > infile.sorted

or even better:
(head -2; sort -t: -k1) < infile > infile.sorted

if your "head" doesn't do buffer read, otherwise use "line" (twice) which in my experience only reads a line at a time.
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