The following commit has been merged in the jessie branch:
commit 2b38b3133999e3b93f0ec24c8a545ae4816264b5
Author: Bas Couwenberg <>
Date:   Sun Jul 14 15:36:53 2013 +0200

    Fix description section for sortshp.

diff --git a/debian/man/sortshp.1.xml b/debian/man/sortshp.1.xml
index 5ee1d5a..f3a7188 100644
--- a/debian/man/sortshp.1.xml
+++ b/debian/man/sortshp.1.xml
@@ -33,7 +33,15 @@
   <refsect1 id='description'>
-      <command>sortshp</command> displays an example.
+      <command>sortshp</command> sorts a Shape data set based on a single 
+      in ascending or descending order. Supports INTEGER, DOUBLE and STRING
+      column types. Useful for prioritizing shapes for rendering and/or 
+    </para>
+    <para>
+      The idea here is that if you know that you need to display a certain
+      attribute classed by a certain value, it will be faster for MapServer to
+      access that value if it is at the beginning of the attribute file.


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