Pass TAB as field separator to sort, join, cut, etc.

sort -t $'\t' -k 2 input.txt
Use this BASH trick to create a variable containing the TAB character and pass it as the argument to sort, join, cut and other commands which don't understand the \t notation. sort -t $'\t' ... join -t $'\t' ... cut -d $'\t' ...
Sample Output
Sao Paulo	BRA
Shanghai	CHN
Jakarta	IDN
Mumbai (Bombay)	IND
Seoul	KOR
Ciudad de Mexico	MEX
Karachi	PAK
Moscow	RUS
Istanbul	TUR
New York	USA

What do you think?

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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