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bug#10287: [wishlist] uniq can remove non adjacent lines

From: Bob Proulx
Subject: bug#10287: [wishlist] uniq can remove non adjacent lines
Date: Mon, 12 Dec 2011 21:20:18 -0700
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.21 (2010-09-15)

Stéphane Blondon wrote:
> I think `uniq` should have an additional option (for example -a,
> --all) to remove same lines but not adjacent.
> The man page explains a workaround based on `sort` but it can be
> complex to use. Few weeks ago, I had to `uniq`-ize random numbers and
> the sort couldn't really work. Fortunately, the order was not
> important so using `sort | uniq | sort --random-sort` was an
> acceptable solution. I imagine cases based on other tools like `top`
> could be a problem too.

If you want to print only the first of a unique line then this perl
one-liner will do it.

  perl -lne 'print $_ if ! defined $a{$_}; $a{$_}=$_;'


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