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RE: New sort(1) feature -- sort by length

From: Ethan Baldridge
Subject: RE: New sort(1) feature -- sort by length
Date: Thu, 16 Jul 2009 17:10:44 -0400

I should have mentioned that the patch is against coreutils 7.4 (from
the Ubuntu repository, but they don't seem to have any custom patches).


From: Ethan Baldridge 
Sent: Thursday, July 16, 2009 5:06 PM
To: 'address@hidden'
Subject: New sort(1) feature -- sort by length


I had a list to sort at work today that needed to be in the format "A B
C D E... AA BB CC DD" but sort(1) only returns results as "A AA B BB C


So I wrote a patch to add -length-sort as an option. (-l was not taken
as a short option so I added that too).


Here it is attached as a unified diff. I tested it and it seems to work
naturally in conjunction with other operands, so I don't believe there
are likely to be problems.


--Ethan Baldridge

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