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SORT+Sorting Text Data

Instructs DOS to sort text data.


PC-DOS 2.0+

MS-DOS equivalent: SORT (2.0+)




[d:][path] SORT [+n]


[d:][path] Specifies the drive letter and path that

contain the SORT command file.

/R Sorts in reverse ASCII order.

/+n Sorts lines by their nth column instead

of by the character in the first column

of each line. The n is an integer value.



Assuming TEST.TXT consists of a list of names, this command sorts

the file alphabetically and displays the results on the screen.

The less-than sign instructs SORT to take its input from the file

instead of from the keyboard.


Assuming TEST.TXT consists of a list of names as well as phone

numbers that begin on column 20, this command sorts the list by

phone number order.


prints a directory listing in alphabetical order.


You can redirect the output of the SORT command from

standard output (the screen) by using redirection or piping.

Likewise, you can instruct SORT to take its input from other than

the standard input (the keyboard). The maximum size of a file to

be sorted is 63K.

The SORT command sorts characters according to their binary

values, except that lowercase letters are equal to uppercase

letters =a) and characters above 127 are collated according to

the rules of the currently selected country code.


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