Randomize lines (opposite of | sort)

perl -wl -e '@f=<>; for $i (0 .. $#f) { $r=int rand ($i+1); @f[$i, $r]=@f[$r,$i] if ($i!=$r); } chomp @f; print join $/, @f;' try.txt
print the lines of a file in randomized order
Sample Output
$ perl -wl -e '@f=<>; for $i (0 .. $#f) { $r=int rand ($i+1); @f[$i, $r]=@f[$r,$i] if ($i!=$r); } chomp @f; print join $/, @f;' try.txt
 34
 42
 48
 14
 51
 44
 46
 41
 39
 12
  3
 28
  4
 22
 20
 35
 29
 16
 21
 27
 13
  6
 26
  1
 30
  8
 47
 32
  2
 45
 11
 19
 37
 23
 10
 31
 18
  7
 38
 25
 15
 50
  5
 49
 40
 43
 36
  9
 33
 24
 17

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