On 9/13/07, Jerry McAllister <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
>
> First, please always make sure your responses go to the list.
> It is both list etiquette and of practical value.  Follow-ups to
> only an individual may not reach the person who can provide real help.
>
> Most Email clients have a group reply which will do the trick.

Yup - that's my fault, and contrary to my intent - I was using the web
interface, and it's too easy to just hit the reply button instead of
"reply to all"  - mea culpa.



> On Thu, Sep 13, 2007 at 10:32:34AM -0700, Kurt Buff wrote:
>
> > On 9/13/07, Jerry McAllister <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> > > On Thu, Sep 13, 2007 at 10:16:40AM -0700, Kurt Buff wrote:
> > >
> > > > I'm trying to do some text file manipulation, and it's driving me nuts.
> > > >
> > > > I've got a sorted file of SMTP addresses, and want to eliminate the
> > > > lines that are the same up to a space character within the line.
> > > >
> > > > Example:
> > > >
> > > > [EMAIL PROTECTED] NO
> > > > [EMAIL PROTECTED] OK
> > > >
> > > > The above lines *both* need to be eliminated from output - I don't
> > > > want the first or second of them, I want them both gone.
> > > >
> > > > I've looked at sort and uniq, and I've googled a fair bit but can't
> > > > seem to find anything that would do this.
> > >
> > > Seems like this is right up sort's alley.
> > > Is the first string always separated from the rest by white space
> > > or does your first string sometimes include white space.
> > >
> > > ////jerry
> >
> > The only space is the one separating the SMTP address from the OK or NO.
>
> Then you should be able to tell it to sort on the first token in
> the string with white space as a separator and to eliminate
> duplicates.   It has been a long time since I had need of sort. I
> don't remember the arguments/flags but am sure that type of thing can be done.

Tried that, and it doesn't work the way I expect, or else I'm doing it
wrong, which is definitely possible.

My first difficulty is that I can't figure out how to specify the
space as the field delimiter, assuming that -t is the correct
parameter for that. I've tried specifying '@' for -t, but that doesn't
work either.

Next, my suspicion is that the -u parameter will simply output the
first line of a set of non-unique lines, which is what it does
normally - it doesn't seem to eliminate all non-unique lines, it just
makes the first line the unique one.

Am I making sense?

Kurt
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