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bug#10019: sort options -Mn are incompatible

From: Lars Noodén
Subject: bug#10019: sort options -Mn are incompatible
Date: Sat, 12 Nov 2011 12:49:30 +0200
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On 11/11/11 9:43 PM, Paul Eggert wrote:
> On 11/11/2011 11:36 AM, Lars Noodén wrote:
>> An additional line of clarification would go a long way in making
>> this very useful capability more available.
> Hmm, what line would that be?  We do have a tradeoff among clarity,
> completeness, and conciseness here.

Maybe something like this?

       -k, --key=POS1[,POS2][ORD]
              start a key at POS1 (origin 1), end it at POS2 (default
              end  of line) using ordering option(s) ORD (fghMnrR)

> By the way, the info page (which is the actual documentation for
> 'sort' -- the man page is a poor substitute) has a series of
> examples, one of which is how to sort Apache log files. This kind of
> detail is too long for "sort --help", alas.
> http://www.gnu.org/s/coreutils/manual/html_node/sort-invocation.html

Yes, that info page is quite complete. I wish more were like that. I've had the bad luck to run into many before that appear to be only place holders.


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