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Old 09-23-2013

can anyone tell me in detail ?

what the following do in detail ?
I am trying to get a largest number in a list


LARGEST=$(echo $* | xargs -n1 | sort -nr | tail -1)

Last edited by vbe; 09-23-2013 at 01:03 PM.. Reason: code tags
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Old 09-23-2013
# Echo all arguments
echo $* |
# Print one at a time
xargs -n1 |
# numeric sort in reverse
sort -nr |
# Get last thing in list
tail -1

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Old 09-23-2013
But how are you giving the list?

Bourne Shell Tutorial
The way you load LARGEST is by using positional parameters... is that what you want?
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Old 09-23-2013
The largest will not be with -nr but simply -n option of sort...
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