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How to sort contents of a file

The sort command is used to sort the contents of a file. You can sort the data in a text file and display the output on the screen, or redirect it to a file. Based on your requirement, sort provides several command-line options for sorting data in a text file.

sort [options] filename

#1 To sort text file [sort sort_file]

sort file

#2 To sort numbers in file, use -n option [sort -n sort_number_file]

sort number file

#3 To sort months in file, use -M option [sort -M sort_month_file]

sort month file

Refer below tables for more sort command options:

-b Ignores leading spaces in each line 
 -d Uses dictionary sort order. Conisders only spaces and alphanumeric characters in sorting 
 -f Uses case insensitive sorting. 
 -M Sorts based on months.  Either mention complete month name or only first 3 letters. Eg: JAN, FEB 
 -n Uses numeric sorting 
 -R Sorts the input file randomly. 
 -r Reverse order sorting 
 -k Sorts file based on the data in the specified field positions. 
 -u Suppresses duplicate lines 
 -t input field separator 

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