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sc0ttman


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PostPosted: Thu 07 Feb 2013, 14:59    Post_subject:  script to sort pkg names [SOLVED]
Sub_title: how to list newest version first?
 

I have a problem, and no solution, as yet.

I want to re-order a list, so that the pkgs are listed in alphabetical order, except that I want the newest version first.

If I use `sort|uniq` I get an alphabetical order, but oldest version first.
If I use `sort -r|uniq` I get an reverse alphabetical order, but newest version first.

How do I get normal alphabetical order, and newest version first?

Code:
# echo "$VAR" | sort
freeciv-1.99
freeciv-2.1
freeciv-2.2
freeciv-3.1
mplayer-1.2.3
mplayer-2.3.4
# echo "$VAR" | sort -r
mplayer-2.3.4
mplayer-1.2.3
freeciv-3.1
freeciv-2.2
freeciv-2.1
freeciv-1.99


EDIT: SOLVED!

This solves it (modified from 3rd post.. added quotes to $VAR.. necessary?):

Code:
echo "$VAR" | sort --field-separator='-' -k1,1d -k2gr

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PostPosted: Thu 07 Feb 2013, 15:22    Post_subject:  

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PostPosted: Thu 07 Feb 2013, 15:50    Post_subject:  

Just realize that will fail anyway. Embarassed
More like this one:
Code:
echo $VAR | sort --field-separator='-' -k1,1d -k2gr

Razz

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sunburnt


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PostPosted: Fri 08 Feb 2013, 03:37    Post_subject:  

Hi sc0ttman; Did you try -n for numeric sort?
You`ll need to put it in a loop to isolate the package names and then sort each of them numerically.
It works in my tests.
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PostPosted: Fri 08 Feb 2013, 20:30    Post_subject:  

Hi guys..

sunburnt, I know *nothing* about 'sort' and so had tried nowt when posting... I then saw the replies and went and did some experiments... Only using -n, without the -k1 -k2 stuff, worked when stripping out the names entirely, but mixing it all back up again looked daunting!

Again, I know nothing about this, so I might have it wrong.

GustavoYz, that works well, not perfect, but good enough! As far as I can tell, any version numbers that are immediately followed by letters, rather than a dash or underscore etc, do not go where I want, but that's fine... I can live with that.

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PostPosted: Fri 08 Feb 2013, 21:15    Post_subject:  

The thing is that it requires two tipes of sorting, in hierarchical order: alphabetical and then numeric.
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[..]As far as I can tell, any version numbers that are immediately followed by letters, rather than a dash or underscore etc, do not go where I want[...]

Yes, if no field separator that could work as a pattern on each filename, it wont work.
I think there is no way if wont split the name in fields somewhere and somehow if it has to be by just using sort, as far as I know.
Hope it works. Razz

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