[buug] Sorting columns?

Jon McClintock jammer at weak.org
Sun Aug 3 12:16:44 PDT 2003

$ man 1 sort


On Sun, Aug 03, 2003 at 12:11:44PM -0700, Claude Rubinson wrote:
> Is there a utility out there for sorting columns of text?  I have a
> dataset for which I want to reorder the columns of variables.  (It
> would be nice to be able to specify the order of the columns but
> alphabetically would be fine.)
> One option would be to transpose the rows and columns, pipe the output
> through sort, and transpose the data set back again.  Is anybody aware
> of transpose utility (rot won't work because it operates on columns of
> characters rather than delimiters and rs appears to be seriously
> broken).
> Thanks,
> Claude
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