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multi-character tab

From: Alex van den Bogaerdt
Subject: multi-character tab
Date: Wed, 26 Oct 2005 14:30:17 +0200
User-agent: Mutt/1.4.1i


The documentation of sort has this to say:
    To specify a zero byte (ASCII NUL (Null) character) as the field
    separator, use the two-character string `\0', e.g., `sort -t '\0''.

Yet, this is what is produced:
    $ sort -t '\0'
    sort: multi-character tab `\0'

In addition, I'd be very much obliged if you can reply to me and tell
me how I can specify a tab character as field separator without having
to resort to actually putting a tab char in my script. -t '\t' doesn't
do it I'm afraid, nor does -t '[\t]' .

system: fedora core 3
rpm: coreutils-5.2.1-31


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