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Re: sort does not use tab as delimiter

From: The Wanderer
Subject: Re: sort does not use tab as delimiter
Date: Sat, 09 Dec 2006 16:14:22 -0500
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Paul Eggert wrote:

DI Oliver Maurhart <address@hidden> writes:

I've noticed that sort doesn't use the tab as delimiter when
provided by the '-t' option.

Actually it does, if you invoke it this way:

     sort -t '  ' -k 2 FILE

Note that there is a tab between the two apostrophes.

Note also that this may not be possible in some shells (specifically, so
far as I've been able to discover, bash), because they interpret an
entered tab not as a literal 'character' but as an invocation of
tab-completion. It does still work just fine in shell scripts, and I've
written a few on-the-spot one-liners when I needed to pass tabs to
programs in this way.

      The Wanderer

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