View advanced Sort options, Quick Reference Help Alias

alias sorth='sort --help|sed -n "/^ *-[^-]/s/^ *\(-[^ ]* -[^ ]*\) *\(.*\)/\1:\2/p"|column -ts":"'
Once you get into advanced/optimized scripts, functions, or cli usage, you will use the sort command alot. The options are difficult to master/memorize however, and when you use sort commands as much as I do (some examples below), it's useful to have the help available with a simple alias. I love this alias as I never seem to remember all the options for sort, and I use sort like crazy (much better than uniq for example). # Sorts by file permissions find . -maxdepth 1 -printf '%.5m %10M %p\n' | sort -k1 -r -g -bS 20% 00761 drwxrw---x ./tmp 00755 drwxr-xr-x . 00701 drwx-----x ./askapache-m 00644 -rw-r--r-- ./.htaccess # Shows uniq history fast history 1000 | sed 's/^[0-9 ]*//' | sort -fubdS 50% exec bash -lxv export TERM=putty-256color Taken from my http://www.askapache.com/linux-unix/bash_profile-functions-advanced-shell.html
Sample Output
[1766:1762 0:30073] 06/10/10 [askapache@ghost.shell:/5 +1] ~/dr/pepper
(1:30073)$ sorth
-b, --ignore-leading-blanks    ignore leading blanks
-d, --dictionary-order         consider only blanks and alphanumeric characters
-f, --ignore-case              fold lower case to upper case characters
-g, --general-numeric-sort     compare according to general numerical value
-i, --ignore-nonprinting       consider only printable characters
-M, --month-sort               compare (unknown) < `JAN' < ... < `DEC'
-n, --numeric-sort             compare according to string numerical value
-r, --reverse                  reverse the result of comparisons
-c, --check                    check whether input is sorted; do not sort
-k, --key=POS1[,POS2]          start a key at POS1, end it at POS2 (origin 1)
-m, --merge                    merge already sorted files; do not sort
-o, --output=FILE              write result to FILE instead of standard output
-s, --stable                   stabilize sort by disabling last-resort comparison
-S, --buffer-size=SIZE         use SIZE for main memory buffer
-t, --field-separator=SEP      use SEP instead of non-blank to blank transition
-T, --temporary-directory=DIR  use DIR for temporaries, not $TMPDIR or /tmp;
-u, --unique                   with -c, check for strict ordering;
-z, --zero-terminated          end lines with 0 byte, not newline

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