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Re: sort bug

From: Jim Meyering
Subject: Re: sort bug
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2002 09:13:01 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.090004 (Oort Gnus v0.04) Emacs/21.2.50 (i686-pc-linux-gnu)

Bill Peeler <address@hidden> wrote:
> there appears to be a bug in the sort program.
> sort (GNU textutils) 2.0a
> sort -t , tiny_in -k 2nbd,2nbd -k 3nbd,3nbd -k 4nbd,4nbd -k 5nbd,5nbd
> i ran it and got the following output:
> input file:
> 3,20020109184710,30,2405,94,test
> 3,20020109232651,1,2430,14,test
> output:
> 3,20020109232651,1,2430,14,test
> 3,20020109184710,30,2405,94,test

Hi Bill,

Thanks for the report.
2.0a is pretty old.

Using the latest version, your example works just fine.

BTW, `b' is the only option for which applying it to both
the starting and ending parts of a key specifier makes sense.
For all of the others it's ok, but redundant.

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