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Are the two lines anagrams?

Terminal - Are the two lines anagrams?
(echo foobar; echo farboo) | perl -E 'say[sort<>=~/./g]~~[sort<>=~/./g]?"anagram":"not anagram"'
2011-02-17 02:15:46
User: doherty
Functions: echo perl
Are the two lines anagrams?

This works by reading in two lines of input, turning each into a list of one-character matches that are sorted and compared.


There is 1 alternative - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
anagram(){ s(){ sed 's/./\n\0/g'<<<$1|sort;};cmp -s <(s $1) <(s $2)||echo -n "not ";echo anagram; }; anagram foobar farboo;
2011-02-17 15:10:43
User: bbbco
Functions: cmp echo sed

This is just a slight alternative that wraps all of #7917 in a function that can be executed

s(){ sed 's/./\n\0/g'<<<$1|sort;};cmp -s <(s foobar) <(s farboo)||echo -n "not ";echo anagram
2011-02-17 12:42:45
User: flatcap
Functions: cmp echo sed

Are the two strings anagrams of one another?

sed splits up the strings into one character per line

the result is sorted

cmp compares the results

Note: This is not pretty. I just wanted to see if I could do it in bash.

Note: It uses fewer characters than the perl version :-)

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