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Re: feature request: gzip/bzip support for sort

From: Jim Meyering
Subject: Re: feature request: gzip/bzip support for sort
Date: Sat, 13 Jan 2007 22:36:05 +0100

Craig Macdonald <address@hidden> wrote:
> On some occasions, I have the need to sort extremely large files, but
> which compress well using programs such as gzip or bzip.

This task has been on the TODO list for some time:

  sort: Compress temporary files when doing large external sort/merges.
    This improves performance when you can compress/uncompress faster than
    you can read/write, which is common in these days of fast CPUs.
    suggestion from Charles Randall on 2001-08-10

Just waiting for someone to work on it.

If you're willing to do the job (and can assign copyright) that'd be great.
Let me know, and I'll send you the papers to get that process started.

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