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sort the contents of a text file in place.

Terminal - sort the contents of a text file in place.
sort -g -o list.txt{,}
2011-11-15 19:59:28
User: jambino
Functions: sort
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sort the contents of a text file in place.

sorts the contents of a file without the need for a second file to take the sorted output.

This was previously entered as `sort -g list.txt -o $_` but as others have pointed out the $_ references the previous command. so this would've worked had that been the second part of a command joined with && like:

cat list.txt && sort -g list.txt -o $_

The user below me Robin had the most correct command.

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The $_ shell variable expands to the last argument to the previous command. You could use brace expansion, like this:

sort -g -o list.txt{,}

or history expansion, like this:

sort -g -o list.txt !#:$

or

sort -g list.txt -o !#:2
Comment by Robin 263 weeks and 4 days ago

Since "$_" expands to the last argument of the previous command, it will fail if list.txt is not referenced previously

A better approach is to use history reference "!^" to the first argument (non-option) of the current command:

sort -g list.txt -o !^
Comment by caruccio 222 weeks and 6 days ago

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