Linux SORT command

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The sort command can be used in sorting a file and rearranging the records with the file in a certain order.

In this tutorial, we are going to help you explore some examples on the Linux sort command.

Before we start our tutorial, let’s take a look at the file that we are going to use in the next examples.

Sorting File

To display the content of a file in an ordered manner

sort sort_examples

To sort a file in reverse order

sort -r sort_examples

To sort a file contains numeric data inside

sort -n sort_examples

To sort a file containing numeric data but in reverse order

sort -nr sort_examples

To sort a file on a base of a certain column. Let’s assume you have a file called salary that looks like the below screenshot:

Now let’s sort the salary file based on the second column

sort -k 2n salary

To check if the given file has an ordered content or not

sort -c salary

To sort a file and remove the duplicates in a file

sort -u salary

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