Print all words in a file sorted by length

for a in $(cat sample.txt); do echo "$(wc -m<<<$a) $a";done|sort -n
optionally you can add |cut -d' ' -f2|uniq to the end of the command line.

By: knoppix5
2012-03-15 08:51:42

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What Others Think

Unfortunately, the numbers are wrong. You're counting newline characters. The problem is here: $(wc -m <<< $a) That's equivalent to "word\n" What you need is: $(echo -n $a | wc -m)
flatcap · 501 weeks and 5 days ago
You my be right, but this doesn't crucially contribute to fitness of the command.
knoppix5 · 501 weeks and 5 days ago
You could do this bc
codecaine · 499 weeks and 1 day ago
codecaine · 499 weeks and 1 day ago

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Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

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