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bsearch utility

From: Sorav Bansal
Subject: bsearch utility
Date: Wed, 13 Jul 2005 18:29:27 -0700
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I often use the 'sort' program often for sorting text files. Recently, I had to write a binary search utility that can search for a key in a file sorted using the 'sort' program. The command line 'bsearch' utility takes similar arguments to the sort program.

Since bsearch is a common operation on sorted files, I imagine it will be a useful utility to add to coreutils. If there is enough interest, I would be happy to write and maintain bsearch for coreutils. The basic program functionality is already working and tested, and it needs support for more command-line options and documentation before it is ready for coreutils.

Please let me know, if you think it would be useful to make bsearch a part of coreutils.



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