Bug#321022: ITP: msort -- utility for sorting records in complex ways
Owner: Bartosz Fenski aka fEnIo <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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* Package name : msort
Version : 8.4
Upstream Author : William J. Poser <email@example.com>
* URL : http://www.cis.upenn.edu/~wjposer/msort.html
* License : GPL
Description : utility for sorting records in complex ways
msort is a program for sorting files in sophisticated ways. It was originally
developed for alphabetizing dictionaries of "exotic" languages, for which it
has been extensively used, but is useful for many other purposes. msort differs
from typical sort utilities in providing greater flexibility in parsing the
input into records and identifying key fields and greater control over the
sort order. Its main distinctive features are:
* Msort can be used as a command-line program or via a graphical user interface
that is helpful not only to those who find a complicated command line
difficult to deal with but also to those unfamiliar with the finer points
* Records need not be single lines of text but may be delimited in a number
* Key fields may be selected either by position in the record (counting
from the beginning or the end) or by matching a regular expression to a tag.
* For each key an arbitrary sort order may be specified.
* For each key an effectively unlimited number of multigraphs (sequences
of characters to be treated as a single unit for purposes of sorting) of
effectively unlimited length may be defined.
* In addition to the usual lexicographic and numerical orderings, msort
supports sorting by date, time, and string length.
* For each key a distinct set of characters may be excluded from consideration
when sorting in any combination of initial, final, and medial position
in the key field.
* Lexicographic keys may be reversed, allowing the construction of reverse
* Any or all keys may be optional. For optional keys, the user may specify
how records missing the key field should compare to records in which the
key field is present.
msort understands UTF-8 Unicode. Unicode may be used anywhere that text is
entered: in the text to be sorted, in sort order and exclusion definitions,
as a field or record separator, or as a field tag.
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