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Old 01-28-2013
Weird: unexpected result after piping a sort


And when you think you know the basics of something, UNIX in this case, something like what I will describe below comes along....

On a Linux system, a "typical" directory with some files. Say 20.
I do:

> ls | sort > mylisting

Now when I:
> vi mylisting

There is mylisting in the list of files in the directory.

I always though the pipe redirections were "linear".

Any explanations would be appreciated.


Last edited by Scrutinizer; 01-28-2013 at 03:56 PM.. Reason: code tags
# 2  
Old 01-28-2013
Pls ignore this box, as the question was not very clear to me at first attempt.

Last edited by rveri; 01-28-2013 at 04:20 PM..
# 3  
Old 01-28-2013
It should not be in the list. I guess the file: mylisting was already present in the directory. Can you remove file: mylisting and rerun?
rm mylisting
ls | sort > mylisting

# 4  
Old 01-28-2013
Thanks but I am not that "bad" !.. Smilie
That was the first thing I checked.
Removed the created one and rerun..... same result!

# 5  
Old 01-28-2013
sorry I misunderstood in first question.Can you put exact output, how mylisting is coming in the list of file. Or try from another directory. The output file name should not be coming in the redirection.
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Old 01-28-2013
I am not sure I understant exactly you explanation but yes. it seems so.

Tested it on two installations as well. Same result for both.
Here they are:
1. Linux comet 2.6.32-41-generic #89-Ubuntu SMP Fri Apr 27 22:18:56 UTC 2012 x86_64 GNU/Linux
2. Linux testserv 2.6.18-6-686-bigmem #1 SMP Thu Nov 5 17:30:05 UTC 2009 i686 GNU/Linux


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OK here is a recipe for all to try.
I tried it on 2 systems. One a "pure" Ubuntu.
Check "before and after" to make sure that there are no "rogue" files present.

70      mkdir tmp
71      ll
72      cd tmp/
73      ll
74      for i in 1 2 3 ; do
        touch $i.file
75      ll
76      ls | sort
77      ls | sort > mysort
78      vi mysort

# 7  
Old 01-28-2013
You could try this instead:
ls | sort -o mysort

BTW I am not sure about the cause of this behavior, I am looking into it, will get back to you when I have an answer.
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