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The sortu program is a replacement for the sort and uniq programs. It is common for Unix script writers to want to count how many separate patterns are in a file. For example, if you have a list of addresses, you may want to see how many are from each state. So you cut out the state part, sort these, and then pass them through uniq -c. Sortu does all this for you in a fraction of the time.

Sortu uses a hash table and some decent line processing to provide this functionality. For a relatively small number of keys, it can be signifcantly smaller than using sort, because it does not have to keep temporary files. If you are dealing with a large number of unique keys then sortu will run out of memory and stop. Sortu has some basic field and delimiter handling which should do most basic awk or cut features to separate out the field that you are sorting on.

Arguments

To list all of the available options, use 'sortu --usage'.

-b (--blank-ignore)
Ignore blank lines.
-c (--cumulative-numbers)
Show cumulative counts in the output.
-C (--no-counts)
Don't output string counts. Just show the unique lines.
-d chars (--delimiter)
Use with -f to specify a specific field you want to cut out of each line. Default is a space (" ").
-f number (--field)
Use with -d to specify a field you want to cut out of each line. So if you have a file with name,rank,serial-number then you can specify -f 2 with a -d , to cut out the 2nd field separated by comma (,) which will show you the unique ranks out of the file.
-F format (--format)
Specify an output format. You can use the following special strings which are replaced in the output.
%k key or line
%n number of times the key appeared in the file
%l length of the key
%p percentage of the total lines
%c cumulative count
-k (--key-sort)
Sort by key or line, not the count.
-l (--loose-fields)
Ignores white space between fields. Use with -d to get the 2nd non-blank field like awk.
-m number (--minimum-matches)
Minimum number of matches to show.
-M number (--maximum-matches)
Maximum number of matches to show.
-i (--insensitive-case)
Perform case insensitive matches.
-n (--numbers)
Treat the line or field as a signed long number.
-N (--float-numbers)
Treat the line or field as a floating point number.
-o (--order-sort)
Output in order of discovery, not in sorted order.
-p (--percentage-show)
Show percentage along with counts.
-r (--reverse-sort)
Reverse the sort order.
-s offset (--start-offset)
Start the key/line at this offset (0 is first).
-S offset (--stop-offset)
Stop the key/line at this offset (0 is first).
-v (--verbose)
Verbose messages.
file(s)
File(s) to process otherwise use standard-in.

Repository

The newest versions of the program are available via the web:

http://256.com/sources/sortu/

License

Permission to use, copy, modify, and/or distribute this software for any purpose with or without fee is hereby granted, provided that this permission notice appear in all copies.

THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS" AND THE AUTHOR DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES WITH REGARD TO THIS SOFTWARE INCLUDING ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHOR BE LIABLE FOR ANY SPECIAL, DIRECT, INDIRECT, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OR ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER RESULTING FROM LOSS OF USE, DATA OR PROFITS, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, NEGLIGENCE OR OTHER TORTIOUS ACTION, ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE USE OR PERFORMANCE OF THIS SOFTWARE.

Copyright 2006 Gray Watson.
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