Subject: Re: sort -urn losing data
To: Jeremy C. Reed <>
From: Curt Sampson <>
List: tech-userlevel
Date: 01/20/2006 09:32:37
On Thu, 19 Jan 2006, Jeremy C. Reed wrote:

> Using this data:
>   1 callrpc
>   1 tzset
>   1 callrpc
> sort -rnu will return:
>   1 callrpc

> But the -u switch is defined (from The Open Group manual page) as "Unique:
> suppress all but one in each set of lines having equal keys."

I believe that this may be the "key" (ehrm!) to your problem. Using -n,
the key becomes the number the beginning of the line, not the entire
line. Thus, you're giving it three lines with the same key, and it
surpresses two of them.

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