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sorting tables with headers

From: Thorvaldur Gunnlaugsson
Subject: sorting tables with headers
Date: Wed, 7 Apr 2004 17:11:04 +0000
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It is not a bug but would be a valuable improovment.
People like to store data in tables with headers
but when it comes to sorting, the headers are in the way.
sort  --header=2 should just pass the first two lines right on.
 --skip-header=2 ignore the first two lines.

Linux just needs to be a little bit nicer so people are
not driven into excel with all their data.

I have my scripts in perl that transpose and
tabulate data (better than the matrix command)
also a join where there can be headers on one or both
input files and join on more than one field
but my understanding is that there is not interest in
code written in perl.

Best wishes
Thorvaldur Gunnlaugsson
Marine res. Inst Iceland

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